While hunting for some Gill Sans 262 matrices through the hundreds of pallets of mats at the Type Archive, I found interesting oddities about the typeface. Firstly, and I had no idea about this, there are small caps in Gill 262, though curiously they weren’t cut in Gill Light 362.
At Hand & Eye, we were a little tempted to get a set, but the real use we get from our small caps in other faces is setting postcodes, for which you really need old style figures, rather than the modern figures of Gill Sans.
Another oddity that I can’t quite understand, is the existence of single mats for the numbers 10, 11 and 12, as shown in the photo above. It might well make sense, given the slightly odd spacing of the 1 in Gill Sans, but if that’s the case why stop at 12? Something to do with Imperial measurements, maybe? But surely you wouldn’t need a 12 for that- once you get to 11 inches, your next measurement would be 1 foot. Anyone have any ideas…?