Recently a number of old printer’s blocks (or letter presses) became available that were used to produce the images of hunt buttons in Baily’s Hunting Directory. I have managed to secure a few, and have an option on many more.
I thought BHD readers might like to see the ones I have so far. It’s interesting to remember that, when you look through your old copies of Baily’s, the illustrations of buttons aren’t photographs. Someone has taken the time and effort to engrave a copper plate in reverse for the Lithographic printing process.
This first image shows how the blocks look ‘to the eye’ and would appear in the press frame.
Now, I have flipped the images so that you can more easily identify the buttons.
I may have more in the future, but I hope you have enjoyed seeing these for now.