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Thames Capsule Font Project
Thames Capsule Font Project is published through a web page specimen, featuring selected text samples, history details and narrative images with the intent to build an atmosphere around the typeface.

Our digital process of the Doves letterpresses restoration and interpretation enhance the original Art & Craft qualities of the font, the richness of curves and the humanistic based shapes. We made place for interpretation, merging wood-cut like details that match with the intentions we alleged to Emery Walker.

The Doves Press was a private printing presses operating at the start of the 20th Century, established by TJ Cobden-Sanderson, with Emery Walker joining later as partner. By 1909 Cobden-Sanderson and Walker were at the height of a protracted and bitter dispute involving the rights to the Doves type in the dissolution of their partnership. All rights to the Doves type were to pass to Emery Walker upon the death of Cobden-Sanderson. Yet, when the press closed in 1916 Cobden-Sanderson threw the type along with its punches and matrices into the Thames. Doves type letterpresses have been discovered in the River Thames in 2014. Designer Robert Green is the person who searched for and retrieved the original metal Doves letterpress from the Thames. His great archeological and historical work brought to light Doves typographic heritage (dovestype.com).