Old English Writing character double S

I transcribe a lot of 19th centruy documentation and come across this letter quite a lot

Is there anything in the ACSII character list which I have missed which will enable a more realistic transcription on a web page.

At present I am using ƒs (#4202) :which is a hooked f followed by s

Any thoughts ?



I think I found what you are looking for here…

& #383; (remove the space between & and #) will get you ſ

Hope this helps…

Perfect !

I couldn’t spot that one anywhere by googling

Where did you find it ?

Basically every known character is available in Unicode, so if you ever need the code for such a character, add “unicode” to your Google search. E.g. “unicode long s”.

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19th centruy documentation and come across this letter quite a lot

Surprised you find it in 19th C literature … unless this literature is referencing older texts.


It’s handwriting in census returns which I transcribe,

Lots of double s in place and surnames


I’m quite amazed to hear people were still using it in handwriting at that stage.

The wiki article scout1idf referred to states that it was still used in handwriting until approximately 1860.

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This seems a rather complete list of all characters (1-100000): [U]brucejohnson.ca/SpecialCharacters.html[/U]

I use Wikipedia for about everything. I figured they would have something on the subject…

If you know the full English name of the character, you can always get all the codes in DuckDuckGo in the zero-click info box.

The problem is knowing the full English name :slight_smile: