Early billheads | Sheaff : ephemera

Early billheads

I am drawn to "early" (say, pre-1850) illustrated billheads. They have the look and feel of the handmade, of hands-on engraving and printing using primitive technologies. Images were engraved in wood or copper, with varying degrees of sophistication. The bite of the letterpress was often deep. Printing runs were short. Paper was rarely trimmed square.