Bishop Sans was revived from the serif-less letterforms of England's 'Date Stamps' on post from the late seventeenth-century to the third quarter of the eighteenth-century. These posted letters were locally place-stamped and sent to London where they were hand date-stamped, sorted and distributed via the 'Post Roads' throughout the realm. Originally cast in metal, they were later cut in end-grain wood - and ultimately involved some ingenious movable type heads that meant fewer stamps were needed to be produced when they wore out.

These date ink-stampers utilised two-letter abbreviations for the months in the classical Roman alphabet - with 'V' for 'U' and 'I' for 'J' and likely respected the Roman system of sealing  important communiques with ceramic or lead bullae with the impressed initials of the sender.

Many ephemeral examples of sans serif bishop marks were studied and the resulting typeface informed the design of the regular weight of the ETRVSCA Sans font family.

A research paper on bishop marks from 1673 titled 'ETRVSCA - Bishop Sans' was published in 'Ways of Thinking' by Ruskin Arts press in 2020. 


Bishop Marks Full Specimen


Bishop Sans full specimen [11.1MB]