Christschall (Germany) / c. 1935

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Design: The narrowly vertical lettering of the label name, as inspired by the calligrapher's broad-nibbed pen, shows typically Gothic letterforms, but the sharp, angular stroke endings typical of Gothic are here softened by softly-curving, bracketed serifs seen in classical Roman forms, an effect deriving from the stonemason's chisel. However, the design, with its outsized, horizontally-stressed cross at the centre, is very well balanced. The purple and gold colour combination is also very appropriate for Christ's kingship, purple being the colour of royalty (purple dyes were historically the most difficult to achieve and therefore the most costly).

History: The label name translates as 'Christ-sound,' or 'Christian sounds.' Label scan courtesy of collector Lucyna Lachowicz of Poland.

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