Typefoundries in the Netherlands by Charles Enschedé (1978)
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Thank you, Blythwood!
Is it an established fact that the bracket-like character started life as a Lombardic initial C? It also resembles a stylized pilcrow.
That’s an interesting question, and something I deliberately didn’t get into!
The character seems to be the C from Lombardic Initial No. 4 in the text shown on p. 22, known from 1503. To my eyes there seems to be a very, very slight difference in weight of the terminal bulbs sometimes, but it’s such a small one (feel free to compare) I imagine it’s just worn type or a casting/electrotype flaw (or a character made in imitation, but it seems hard to imagine why you’d bother). Anyhow, it’s not as far as I can see discussed in the text, or the colophon at the end. There are pilcrows (I assume) in their black letter no. 1 and 3 shown on p. 28. The foundry’s Lombardic Initial no. 2 is similar but not exactly the same. I’ve also added a direct link in the text per your request.
Thank you for digging up all these links! Yes, I can see the resemblance, and I agree with your assessment. Let’s assume it’s a C used in a pilcrow-like function. I’ve added the repurposed glyphs tag.