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Thread: Which engravers / engraved stamps do you most admire?
15/01/2016 03:56:55

I thought it was just me! There is a button that says "ignore member" and I thought perhaps I had hit that by mistake. I hope cNAs post can be retrieved.

17/12/2015 06:54:01

I agree with lithograving. I use an Epson 3 in 1 which is great for detail and will scan up to 9600dpi but it has one failing that does not seem to appear in their stand alone scanners and is probably a compromise of design to get it all in.

On the stand alone, as in lithograving's Rosarios above, the brightness is constant from bottom to top. My scans give great detail but generally they are slightly brighter at the bottom than the top. I suspect this is due to a design requirement to have the lamp at a more acute angle than in a standalone which seems to be shining more directly downwards.

22/11/2015 11:57:21

Looking at the video, the people are hand engraved but the symbol in the sky was done with a pantograph.

What I think is amazing is that the pantograph work is being added to the hand engraving. This would mean that if it was not perfectly aligned, the whole work could be ruined. I would have expected that to be done the other way around.

There is so much in this little clip. Thanks cNA for showing it.

Edited By John Armstrong 4 on 22/11/2015 11:58:22

22/11/2015 11:37:25

The information I found on these came from a release by the UN in 1951 which is reproduced here:

As you can see, they list Crosset as the engraver of the frame and lettering.

Looking at the video again, although the narrator calls the first person an engraver, he actually seems to be touching up a proof with a very fine paintbrush. For the life of me, I can't understand why he would be doing that as a proof is there to show what needs to be improved on the die. Perhaps this is someone else again.

I'll stick with the second person being JC Evans working on the vignette but then that seems to be him as well using the pantograph.

Looking yet again, in the written description it says the man with the paint brush is putting finishing touches to the design. The designer was O.C.Meronti so perhaps that is him at the start. I didn't think most stamp designs were produced at actual size but in this case that seems to be the case.

Edited By John Armstrong 4 on 22/11/2015 11:42:50

21/11/2015 02:39:19

The video on appended link shows at 0.28 seconds, the engraver at work on the 1c UN stamp; the location is De La Rue office at Bunhill Row; engraver could be J. C. Evans, but not confirmed.


cNA posted this back on p68. I was going to wait until I'd read everything (almost there) before contributing but as I've been recently working on the United Nations, this caught my eye.

This is a great clip as both of the engravers who worked on this stamp are shown. If you watch, the younger man with thinning hair is engraving the frame and lettering. This was done by A.B.Crosset. It then switches to an older man with a full head of hair who is working on the vignette. This was done by J.C.Evans so we are seeing both men.

Later, another answer was given to me. I've always thought that some of the early UN stamps have a "Machine" look about them. They show the use of a reducing apparatus that guides the engraving by means of a pattern. I had never seen one of these use for engraving, though I copied a lot of comics when I was younger with a plastic version of one of these. I assume that this gave a basic engraving of the UN badge that would be completed by hand.

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