T and Deer

deer-with-this drop cap letter T image is unlike any that I’ve seen before. It has the letter T like the others do but it has a wonderful woodland scene behind the letter. We have a deer leaping through a bower of flowers. His antlers are positively enormous and extend beyond his tail.

The entire letter is double framed with some flower-like lines and dots in the corners and on the top and bottom. Overall, it reminds me a bit of vintage German embroideries. Which is interesting considering this T and deer drawing was used in a book about Yellowstone Park and Alaska that was written by Charles J. Gillis and published in 1893.  Since the book was published over 120 years ago and Gillis did not credit an illustrator, this T and Deer fancy letter T image is in the public domain.

It’s too bad there isn’t an entire set of these letters. They’re bold, dramatic and interesting. There are however, a handful of them including: A, LO, a second letter O, W and Y.


This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.