Are there any members that can furnish any history of this woman, or pictures of her engravings? I understand she was a talented and influential engraver at FN, but I am not sure of timeframe she worked there.
I beleive you will find that Lyson to be a male and he is the son of Hepelite(SP) who was one of the driving forces of the garland with boquets over a field of tight english scroll-Angleo Bee is a master of this style-I Have a brief history which I will locate to night and update you-Fred
"a well respected italian gunmaker told me that it was a woman from Liege, Lyson Corombelle that even had the biggest influence on modern mass scale engraving in italian gun plants.. I don t have details but i m sure cafe members en2siastic or pierre can tell you more.."
This is a quote from a message I recieved from forum member Frank P when I had asked earlier this year about women engravers at FN. There was a picture posted at that time of the workshop at FN and it appeared that a lot of the engravers in the picture were women.
This is getting interesting!
Gail, in the book "The Art of Gun Engraving" by Claude Gaier and Pietro Sabatti, Lyson is listed as the son of Hyppolite Corombelle. the text also attributes a gun to Lyson and engraved in the 1950 which is clearly signed H. Corombelle 43--so much for its accuracy-The text states the both these Belgian engravers attempted to introduce art neuvo into gun engraving-this was not embraced and accordingto the text both moved to italy where both thepay was better and style was not as ridgid-both apparently worked for Barretta Fred
Thank you so much for the link to littleguns! It has lots of 'eyecandy', and information.
The quality of work from that era is amazing, especially given the working conditions and simplicity of tools as compared with today's. The volume of production is mind boggling as well.
Corombelle Family Engraving during their "Exile" in England - 1915
I've just discovered this thread by chance! During the WW1 - In 1915, the Corombelle Family were in "Exile" in the village of Longhope, Gloucestershire in England (at Sunnyside Cottage, Little London) for some time, including Lte Hippolyte Corombelle, his wife and daughter Lyson Corombelle. I have inherited a couple of beautifully engraved solid silver inkwells with the classic Corombelle Designs of intricate bouquets of flowers which are usually found on gun barrels. In our family archives we have a couple of small coloured paintings of flowers by the family with messages & signatures in an autograph album (April 1915) which may be of interest, as well as a letter which is either by Corombelle's Wife or Daughter since we cannot decipher the signature. My father used to tell me that Lte Hippolyte Corombelle was the engraver to the Belgian King & Royal Family. Maybe others on this forum can verify whether this was true?
Somehow I missed your post. Thanks for passing on the images and information about the Corombelles. I was unaware of their stay in England. I have attached two examples of the Corombelle style of gun engraving. The Piotti was engraved by Contissa and the other by an unknown Spanish engraver.