Type Foundry

The museum ranks high thanks to its unique collection of European and oriental type matrices, letter patterns and masterfully-cut steel punches. In any international comparison, very few institutions can offer a comparable collection. Among the most precious of these are exotics like Hieroglyphics, Chinese, Cuneiform, Runes and other mysterious alphabets.

European type production is represented by such renowned punchcutters and type designers as Johann Christian Bauer, Lucian Bernhard, Johann Vinzenz Cissarz, Fritz Helmut Ehmcke, Jakob Erbar, Joseph Gillé, Heinrich Jost, Albert Kapr, Friedrich Wilhelm Kleukens, Joseph Mole, Paul Renner, Joseph K. Sattler, Georg Schiller, F. H. Ernst Schneidler and Heinrich Wieynck among many others.
The many matrices for blackletter types merit particular attention, among which are those by Johann Friedrich Unger, Johann Gottlob Immanuel Breitkopf and the Zentenar-Fraktur of F. H. Ernst Schneidler.
Among the oldest is a font of matrices by the famous punch cutter Jakob Sabon of 1572, as well as an original cutting of an Old Schwabacher from the well-known type foundry of Johann Christoph Zanker in Nuremberg, Frankonia, which likewise stems from the middle of the 16th century.

New metal type for hand composition will be cast from the old matrices on machines such as Foucher, Paris, as well as Küstermann and Berthold, Berlin.