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When an item of silver is engraved, lines are cut into the object’s surface thereby removing silver in the process. Although sometimes visually similar to the chasing method, the two techniques should not be confused (see Decorating Silver: Chasing, Embossing and Repoussé blog). As well as creating general decoration, engraving is typically used to apply armorial coats of arms, family crests, the owner’s initials and inscriptions.

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  • Posted by Robin Newcombe

There are several ways in which a silversmith can decorate a silver object once the desired article has been formed. Typically, prior to the process of applying the decoration, the object is supported and held steady for stability with either a sandbag or filled with pitch such as a viscoelastic polymer.

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  • Posted by Robin Newcombe

Two very interesting, large engravings are coming up for sale on Monday 11th July with local and national interest. One of them depicts Henry VIII embarking from Dover to sail to France to meet the King of France for his famous Tudor PR stunt of the Field of Cloth of Gold, which is the subject for the second engraving.

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  • Posted by Jonathan Riley

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