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American Engravers
The 21st Century

C. Roger Bleile

JAGDSZENEN – German: Literally “hunting scene.” A game scene. French: scènes de chasse, Italian: scene di caccia or paesaggi, Spanish: escena de caza.

Pictured are jagdszenen on the left and right sides of a German Gustloff 16 gauge shotgun engraved in simple line cut and a more refined example from another German shotgun.
JAGDWAFFENGRAVUR – German: Literally hunting weapon engraving. Jagdwaffengravur is the engraving of a sporting rifle or shotgun.
JEWELER’S SAW – Sometimes called a piercing saw or filigree saw, the jeweler’s saw is a small hand saw having a large bow and uses very thin, fine toothed blades. Its purpose is for cutting out shapes from precious metal sheet stock. These shapes are later inlayed into a harder metal such as steel or soldered in place such as adding letters or a figure to a silver belt buckle.

JEWELRY ENGRAVING – Those who engrave jewelry fall into two areas, fine jewelry and craft jewelry. In either case, the engraver is most likely a bench jeweler primarily and an engraver as an added skill. There are however some occupational engravers who take in jewelry work along with other items such as guns, knives, awards, etc.

Since those engraving jewelry mostly work on broaches, bracelets, earrings, pendants, and rings, their “canvass” is of limited size. As a result most jewelry engraving is limited to border decoration, ciphers, initials, and monograms. In fine jewelry the gemstone(s) is the focus of the work piece and any engraving is there to enhance the stone’s beauty while in craft jewelry there may be no stone setting and the jeweler may use engraving in a less limited and more artistic manner.

In any case the engraving of jewelry or adornments is probably the most ancient of the engraver’s specialties with many examples of engraved brooches, earrings, necklaces, and rings dating to prehistoric times.

Pictured are five examples of jewelry engraved by Steve Lindsay.

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