Antique Font question

I know I can’t use this excuse for too long but I am a newbie, 3 days with my Glowforge and I love using it!!! I have been asked to create small 1x3 plaques for antique Bibles. The earliest one was hand written in the 13th century. What would be a good font to use on the plaques?

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Start with any of the Old Englishes?

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Doing a 13th century writing search showed a specific looking font used a lot with minor flourish changes across the board, which would happen if all were hand written. (see images below).
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Fast examination on a few font sites and hermandec (Herman Decanus AH) was only one to bubble out that could be read without struggling too hard.
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Not sure that is what you are seeking. If not, a lot of free font sites exist and I only looked at 3 of them.

In conclusion, you may have to decide, much like some fancy calligraphy fonts, where to draw a line between easy to read versus optics.

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Specifically you should look for a font called Blackletter. That time period it was all still hand written so there will be some variation :slight_smile:

Most of the “Old English” ones add a lot of flourishes that are extraneous and make it harder to read.

This one is a nice font: Archking Font | typefactory | FontSpace

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I’ve had good luck with DaFont. Here’s their search for Old English.

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They’ve got some really nice Blackletters :slight_smile: Nice resource!

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Here’s a few :slight_smile:

https://www.1001fonts.com/biblical-fonts.html

Oh, this one too

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Thank you everyone. I found a few from your suggestions that are hard contenders.

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