|The cuts of the shears can be seen on the edges of the pieces|
Looking at the engraving, it was a common rocking engraving with a sharp tool that was pivoted (rocked) as the person hit the end and made the V grove with the extra divot at the bottom of the V where the rocking happened. The engravers didn't take a lot of care as noted by the overlapping of the lines in many places.
I went out and talked to several engravers until I found someone willing to discuss the project. I was thinking of using him to engrave a set of brass blanks that could be used for casting masters. One problem I had was that the pieces just couldn't be cut out with shears like before. They would have to be laser cut, stamped out or cast. Which way to go???
|Rough edges of the slip cast pewter being filled by the|
solder that was used too connect the tin-plated brass top