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Engravers Tools

Master engraver Elie Timothee Loizeaux at work.
Master engraver Elie Timothee Loizeaux at work.
Master engraver Elie Timothee Loizeaux

Unlike later printing methods, line-engraved intaglio requires a specialized craftsman—an engraver—to transform finished artwork into what will become a printed stamp. Engravers follow a stamp design very closely, but do not simply copy it, often making small adjustments to lines and curves.

Engraved die, 1851 stamp essay
Engraved die, 1851 stamp essay
Engraved die, 1851 stamp
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Die proof, 1851 stamp essay
Die proof, 1851 stamp essay
Die proof, 1851 stamp essay

The tools shown here, once used by master engraver Elie Timothee Loizeaux, suggest the complexity of the task. The metal die and its printed image show the desired result.

Short-focus magnifying lens
Short-focus magnifying lens
Short-focus magnifying lens
Wide-angle lens
Wide-angle lens
Wide-angle lens
Engraver’s loupe
Engraver’s loupe
Engraver’s loupe
Leather strip
Leather strip
Leather strip
Graver
Graver
Graver
Hand-made scraper
Hand-made scraper
Hand-made scraper
Etching point and protective cork
Etching point and protective cork
Etching point and cork
Muller
Muller
Muller
Burnisher
Burnisher
Burnisher
Chinese brush for acid
Chinese brush for acid
Chinese brush for acid
Vignette stones
Vignette stones
Vignette stones
Tintype point
Tintype point
Tintype point