Monograms, typography and vintage silver…
As it’s Monday my mind has turned to the Monogram Challenge. But I’m having trouble staying on the path we’ve established lately. As a consequence of paid (and unpaid) work I’ve been doing, monograms, engravings, inscriptions and typography have been on my mind.
The first 3 have a natural and obvious connection to antique & vintage silver:
- monograms – the familiar single, double or triple initials, that generally denotes ownership
- engravings – armorial, crest, and motto engravings fall into this category
- inscriptions – a longer passage, perhaps an epitaph or a remembrance of a special day
“… is all around us and wherever you look you’ll see bright eye-catchy letterings smiling at you and talking to you. They always cheer us up, make us think about some serious things and pay our attention to key points of life” from the Website Template Blog.
I like this explanation, I’ve read a lot of stuff that makes typography seem very intimidating, especially to someone with no design background whatsoever. I suppose I’ve only considered it in the print on paper context, but it really is everywhere.
The more I look the more I see.
Suddenly the iconic style of the boutique NYC silver firm Leonore Doskow has taken on a new dimension with my emerging understanding. Doskow seems to bridge the gap between monogram and typography. No classical applied decorative elements – acanthus leaves and laurel wreaths – for Leonore Doskow. Instead separately constructed letters are on the body of the stamp dispenser, fusing monogram and applied decoration.
Leonore Doskow was fond of combining monograms as handles…again form and function unite and fuse typography into the design.
They are just as thought provoking as the fancy flowing scripts we’ve been deciphering.
Then I thought about this!
It’s doubtful that the font is a “named” one. But it’s utterly brilliant! Form and function combined with wit! It’s a novelty piece from the 1960s, done in silver plate.
It goes beyond mere applied typography…the letters are the entire piece. The best part is it sometimes takes people a few minutes to “see” the joke.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments.
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“i love typography” photo credit: Website Template Blog