Decorative Alphabet

This amazing Decorative Alphabet, which was drawn in the German text style, was restored from the book Real Pen Work: Self-Instructor in Penmanship. It was published by Knowles and Maxim in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1881. The notes about his alphabet say that it was drawn using a “steel pen, in Germany, by the great German Penman, John Heinrigs.” It goes on to say that “Every letter is a perfect gem in itself, a wonder of artistic skill. The great artist worked for more than a year designing and drawing this alphabet” which was “exhibited and received several immense cash premiums and gold medals at various worlds’ fairs, and numerous art exhibitions all over Europe.” I hope you find as much enjoyment in this Decorative Alphabet as the people of 1800s did!










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