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19th century Italian numerals

Postby helva » 18 Feb 2009, 19:21

Hi. Were there two ways of making a 5 in 19th century documents? In family military records from the 1885? enlistment, the supposed 5 looks like an s that has been vertically stretched so that it is taller than the rest of the numerals and the top and bottom "curves" are nearly straightened out. By sleuthing through this document where the addition of sums are made, I think that this would have to be a 5. However, at other places in the document the 5 looks just like we would make it today in the US.

Does anyone have experience with this?

Thank you.

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Re: 19th century Italian numerals

Postby JohnArmellino » 18 Feb 2009, 23:13

For what it's worth, I've noticed the exact same variations with respect to the numeral five.
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Re: 19th century Italian numerals

Postby elba » 19 Feb 2009, 01:12

The handwriting style from the 1700s and 1800s differs somewhat from the style today. Usually, when a double s occurs in a word, it is easily confused with a lower case f. When a double s does occur, often the first s is elongated and the second is the short s we use today. However, they may also appear with the first being short and the second being elongated.
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Re: 19th century Italian numerals

Postby uantiti » 19 Feb 2009, 11:49

helva wrote:Hi. Were there two ways of making a 5 in 19th century documents? In family military records from the 1885? enlistment, the supposed 5 looks like an s that has been vertically stretched so that it is taller than the rest of the numerals and the top and bottom "curves" are nearly straightened out. By sleuthing through this document where the addition of sums are made, I think that this would have to be a 5. However, at other places in the document the 5 looks just like we would make it today in the US.

Does anyone have experience with this?

Thank you.

Interests: Manganaro and Romeo / Melito/Calabria and Terrazano and Capezza / Casamicciola/Ischia


Yes I found number five written like you described it . It was just a habit not a rule as you could also find number 5 just like we would make it today in Italy.

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Re: 19th century Italian numerals

Postby pink67 » 19 Feb 2009, 12:59

This is an example image:

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Image

the numbers are:

19007-20
15 - 5 - 903

Hope this helps...

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Re: 19th century Italian numerals

Postby helva » 24 Feb 2009, 03:42

Yes, that's JUST what it looks like!! Thank you!

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