FWIW, I feel that I should point out that the gun pictured in the link I posted is not the work of L. D. Nimschke even though the auction house attributed the work to Nimschke. There are many tell-tales in the engraving of that gun that rule it out as an authentic Nimschke. It is, however...
If you want to see good pictures of engraved top break revolvers go to the auction sites of Rock Island Auctions or Morphy Auctions. . Here is an example:
Engraved Smith & Wesson .32 Safety Hammerless Revolver | Rock Island Auction
At my church, we use a paste polish called Wenol. I think it is very similar to Semichrome because it is pink and smells similar. It has very positive reviews but, of course not for our purpose of polishing gravers.
Amazon.com: Wenol Metal Polish 100ml : Health & Household
A very good assessment of the situation. I would add one thing as it applies to the Jewelry/lettering trade for engravers. Not long after WWII, the New Hermes Engravograph, diamond drag engraving machine began to proliferate in the USA. As the number of hand engravers in the jewelry...
Yves Halliburton is in Georgia. He is a fine engraver but I don't know if he gives instruction.
33 Dee Henderson Drive
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
Yes Bill, I understand but when the owner dies and his grandkids sell his collection, that paperwork will end up in the dumpster with the rest of grandad's paperwork. On numerous occasions, I have been asked to identify the work engravers who I know give out certificates with the completed job.
"applique" is a word that is used in the way you understand as applied to the fabric industry, however, in decorative arts, applique simply means a form of decoration that has been applied to an underlying item or structure. For instance, if a flower design was carved into a door post, the...
If you were only going to make only one, either repousse or applique would be about equal work though each would require different skills. If multiples were to be made for a prop house, then the applique method would be most efficient. The appliques would be designed, wax models made, then...
At the Merkel factory in Suhl, Germany, the engravers who are cutting standard patterns are so accustomed to cutting the same design over and over that they can start with a blank action and cut the scroll and scene from memory.
While the Baglioni engraved pistol was finely done, I can't believe that it would have consumed nearly a year's work by a master. There may have been some puffery in that article. Maybe some of our colleagues could estimate how long it would take to do that job.
I believe that C.A.Sweet was the gunsmith who was responsible for your rifle. Engravers don't usually put their name so prominently on a rifle barrel, but custom gunsmiths do.
Now that I can see the engraving on your rifles, it is obvious to me that your guns were engraved in Germany or...
Hardly a day goes by that the owner of an engraved gun or knife doesn't send me a message asking who engraved their item. In many cases there is some cryptic mark or initials cut by the engraver, but the owner has no idea who did the engraving. The original owner of the piece undoubtedly...
Like Monk said, I can tell the difference under a microscope or loupe because of the difference in progression marks. That said, in the hands of a master, there is no difference in quality. Most Europeans are still married to manual tools because that is still the method taught in the engraving...
Generally, production work, like the engraving on your pistol, would not have been signed. It could have been cut by a school trained apprentice or a journeyman. I would estimate 4-6 hours of work.
Did you get the pistol on one of your trips to Italy?