A Comparison of the Differences Styles of Pointed Pen Script
Spencerian Script, developed in the first half of the 19th century by PR Spencer, Sr. was a lightly shaded form of handwriting executed with either a quill or steel nib in a straight penholder. Pens like the Gillott 303 and Spencerian No.1 were in production in and around the 1850's with the 303 being produced even earlier. The students of PR Spencer, Sr. and their students together with the oblique penholder, snappy steel nibs (Gillott 303 and the Principality), smoother papers and good inks led to an embellishment of the basic Spencerian script into what we now call Ornamental Script. It is more ornate and can have more dramatic shades. This form began to leave the realm of handwriting and enter the realm of art.
Business script developed as a means to simplify handwriting for teaching purposes and daily use. It came after Spencerian and is executed with a straight pen holder. Less flexible pens such as the Esterbrook 556 and 761 were used though masters could use the sharper flexible pens like the Gillott 604EF.
script is a heavily shaded style of script that is NOT handwriting; it is the
drawing of letters. Master penman Bill Lilly has said, 'It is the equivalent of
engraving on paper!" To understand this script we must trace its origin.
The progenitor script was English Roundhand script that flourished in and about
over the years the term Copperplate was given to English Roundhand script. Since
the penned script was engraved as mentioned above, the origin of the term
Copperplate is not hard to fathom. The earliest usage of the term 'Copperplate'
that I have come across is from Sir Ambrose Heal's monumental 1931 volume
entitled English Writing-Masters. Today the term is ubiquitously but
incorrectly applied to almost ALL forms of shaded script. In the