Star Ornaments are seen as a long standing companion to many wood type poster layouts. Various manufacturers managed to derive many variations of the five pointed star motif and offered them as a ubiquitous ornament option in almost all of their catalogs. Manufacturers such as Wm. H Page, Morgans & Wilcox, Tubbs Mfg. Co. and of course, Hamilton Wood Type each had their own slight variations. This digital font features almost 100 glyphs of mostly stars, but it also features a unique star border that can create boxes just like the modular offerings of the 19th century. The twist on this digital version is the inclusion of additional connection options that become a unique lettering 'kit' that can create typography or maze-like connections using a limited set of component parts.
A few of the many stars in the collection of the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum
The star border on the bottom of the above specimen would have been two pieces ( a corner and a straight piece) that in multiples could create boxes and borders. The digital star ornaments includes more options for assembled borders and typography.
The digital alignment of the Star borders allows for more than just boxes to be created. With some thought, full alphabets can be constructed using the star border pieces.
One of the first uses of the HWT Star Ornaments border font was by Jennifer Farrell of Starshped Press.
Thanks to the Newberry Library, The Cary Collection, Dave Peat and Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum for reference material.
The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton's collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world and an unparalleled source of research material for type designers. A portion of proceeds from all sales of the HWT digital fonts goes toward supporting the mission and operation of the The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.