It occurred to me, while writing the previous post that tied punches may
not have been "new products" but instead, possibly remnants of an
earlier technique. The accents in the German written language may well
have necessitated their use right from the get go. It doesn't then take
such a leap of faith to consider the theory that the letterforms
themselves may have been composites and part and parcel of the initial
technique as a whole.
>I have seen those combined punches, in the plantin-collection
>there are few.
>Even today most times the products of new techniques mimic the old
>products they replace. In this way those products are more easily accepted.
>Humans are quite conservative.
>It would not be difficult to find some examples of this
>in recent history.
>b.t.w. old techniques have quite some survival skills.
>Here in Europe there were some 3 measurement systems for pointsize:
>pica - fournier - didot. The last two were used at the European mainland.
>The earlier fourniersystem (1728...) was replaced by the later
>~ 1750... But until the very end of letterpress, there were some printshops
>still using fournier... As I lately discoverd when we plundered an
>old printshop. Monotype was willing to built moulds for founier-typefoundries.