|An oval type cut rectangle from|
Govan in Lanark dated 1821
As a group, cut rectangles are more attractive than the old ones. Engraving and die-sinking were improved; in fact, many cut rectangles were produced on a screw or steam press. Letter and number punches were used to create the dies. As such, Bible verses placed on the reverse became popular. No longer did the elders walk down the stoney path to the plumber's cottage and ask for stone molds to be cut with a few letters and a date. Rather, the elders in the industrial era visited a workshop where they were presented with a several broad shapes and lettering styles to choose from.
For collectors, the cut rectangles provide a great opportunity to get started. The high quality and uniformity make for attractive sets. Like the early squares, the date fanatics can assemble as set with every year represented for 1830 to 1880. A bit of hunting will get you most of the 1820s too. And of course, do not forget the Balquhidder cut rectangle of 1778. Cut rectangles are inexpensive too, as most sell for under $20 with a few nicer ones costing less than twice that.
|A cut rectangle with horizontal |
lettering from late in the CT era.
This piece from Glasgow.