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answered font by maker of 19th American wooden plane, Josiah King

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The image is the maker's mark on a 19th century wooden plane for making mouldings.  This particular plane makes an ogee moulding.  The mark is stamped in the end grain of the beech wood plane.     As the mark shows, Josiah King worked on Bowery Street in New York City, USA.   Collectors have done a lot of research on the makers of wooden planes. Estimated dates of this particular mark are 1858 to 1870.   I haven't seen anything about the fonts that they used for their marks.  This font seems distinctive, e.g., the digits.   My interest is just curiosity.

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Riccardo Sartori

Engraved lettering, not a font.

That said, except for the idiosyncratic numerals, it very much resembles the monolinear slab serif design of classic typewriter typefaces like Courier. 

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