> Well, I'm not Jacques, but I can say that the ct and st ligatures
> predate the (19th C.) use of electroplating by several hundred years.
> I'm not aware of electroplating in printing in any conjunction other than
> gravure, where the letters were drawn by hand.
> If you are particularly concerned, you could post to comp.fonts, and you
> might, if you are very fortunate, solicit a reply from Chuck Bigelow, who
> has some knowledge in these matters.
No, I'm already convinced that it's just an interesting story!