Steel Engraving | Sheaff : ephemera

Steel Engraving

Commercial intaglio engraving involves incising designs and letterforms into metal, filling the carved-out areas (which are intended to print) with ink, wiping clean the top surface of the plate, then pressing (often dampened) paper against the engraved plate under great pressure, thus transferring the ink in the grooves onto the paper in standing relief. This results in the characteristic "feel of steel" if one runs a fingertip over the surface.  In this section I have broken out trade cards of steel engravers from The Printing Trades section. I have not included here those who were exclusively copperplate engravers or wood engravers, nor printers who offered many services of which engraving was but one of many (and may have been farmed out to some other steel engraver in any event).


HomerLeeJF150

Engraved trade card ( Collection of Joe Freedman )


HomerLeeWashingtonProof150

Engraved proof, Homer Lee Bank Note Company ( Sheaff collection )


JuttleCoal150

Engraved trade card ( Sheaff collection )


Butler&KelleyEngravers150

Engraved trade card


WalterHoldup150

Engraved trade card ( Sheaff collection )


RobinsonEngrav150

Engraved trade card ( Sheaff collection )


NortonJF150

Trade card. This unusual "card" is embossed and foil-stamped on book cloth over book board. 
( Collection of Joe Freedman )


ChildsEngrav150

Engraved trade card ( Sheaff collection )


HubertFeltham150

Engraved trade card ( Sheaff collection )


LundborgPerfume150

Large steel engraved store card, American Bank Note Company  ( Sheaff collection )


BearHostetler150
Engraved trade card ( Sheaff collection )


Western Banknote150

Engraved trade card ( Sheaff collection )


ABN-TCProofJF150

Engraved trial color proof ( Collection of Joe Freedman )


CraneHeader150

Calendar header ( Sheaff collection )


LowellBrettJF150

Engraved trade card ( Sheaff collection )


Wood&Doane150

Engraved trade card (Sheaff collection


ExcelsiorJF150

Engraved trade card ( Collection of Joe Freedman )


Hufty150

 Engraved trade card ( The Ephemera Archive for American Studies, Kit Barry, Brattleboro, VT )


JacksonGrates&Fenders150

A fine example of a steel-engraved trade card, by National Bank Note Company


ABN-Hallmark1876-150

American Bank Note Company, 1876


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