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Butcher Shop Turner and George NGSigns Case: 399 St John’s Street London



This page covers the Case History of our recent Bespoke Vintage write in Angel.

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Butcher Shop Turner and George NGSigns Case:  399 St John’s Street London

Project enquiry had lead time of 2 weeks which was enough to set up and clear designs with the Hackney Borough Listed Buildings permission for change process.



The logo we received was for the Copperplate layout which would need re-setting for the fascias of this beautiful shop.

Client requested a 3 dimensional chiseled treatment.

The above font was the first and final version submitted – which was a rarity and fair joy.

The Copperplate font was refined and beautified along the lines of the original Kensington and Chelsea characters.



The font required various changes to bring it in line with the original vintage Victorian Copperplate the we always use.

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INSPIRATION – Chelsea and Kensingon

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These gems above were sitting in the local pub just round the corner from our big Oaklands Court project which finished two days before T&G start-up.

Coincidences like this often happen when you are fully submerged in the process.

With the layout approved and Oaklands Court finished we set off to Angel.

DAY 2 – Taking shape

Turner and George NGS Signwriting

Clean up after a tough day in 85 degrees.



Gold size on

Love this nostalgia moment below:  This lady dropped by and chatted to me every day…


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A Right Character


CASE: Honours Board gild, Teddington Memorial Hospital – NGS Signwriters

Traditional freehand sign writing Nick Garrett.


From client directive to take lettering from 2 smaller panels and insert into larger main panel in gold leaf.

Trace made and re aligned text.

Several superb hands had contributed to this panel over the past 60 years.

On site the condition of the oak panelling gave cause for concern as the grain had lifted and distorted with fine yet deep ripples.

The draw up followed the original main hand.


Gilding mix:  Lefranc 6 hour gold size adding yellow black and whit to create putty colour with plenty of guts or ‘hold’.

Brush:  handover’s 00 chisel.


Letter size 18mm Body 30mm Headings

Lettering the original ‘Optima’ writers Roman was difficult over the rippled surface.


Allowing for 1 extra line after the last line of text.

Access Platform tower. Work height 2m




In earshot of patients being treated.

Child being treated and in some distress caused me extreme anxiety.


Working over weekend – fatigue.

Above Day 1 nearing an end… plenty to do yet



Day one: 8 lines were completed with main difficulty being the surface conditions.  I struck a margin chalk line left set and top bottom chalk lines with trace off letter set out for 75% of the layout. balance was flicked in with Chinagraph free hand.

After day 1 I had the measure of the font style/hand.

Snag was also that low tack frog still peeled shellac of the panel which meant drawings fell off and the surface require light restoration at clean up.

Clean up included Q tip wipe with brown wax and and fine wipe over with Shellac.


Retouch of scratched letters with artists gouache and gold leaf.























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