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mont

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iconnumber posted 11-10-2004 08:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mont     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As I understand American Bright Cut engraving was done from about 1870 to 1890. Please explain the process. Was it done by hand or machine? Did Peter Krider offer much silver with that type decoration?
Thank you- mont

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agleopar

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iconnumber posted 11-10-2004 11:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bright cut has been used long before 1870 and is still done by a few talented engravers. It is a hand technique using extremely sharp and highly polished (polishing after sharpening is the key, it gives the "bright cut")engravers of diffrent shapes. The cut or strokes of the graver must be done with control and precision, a one shot deal to get the best result.
A great bright cut patern well done is a work of art.

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Dale

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iconnumber posted 11-10-2004 11:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually, you can have bright cutting done today if you want. I see lots of jewelry that has it. This is a technique similar to chip carving in wood. The metal is engraved at various different angles to show different reflections. The angle can vary from 90', perpendicular, to 45' to 60' and so on. This is an ancient technique that comes down from at least the Roman Empire if not earlier. It can be either hand done, entirely machined or something in between. In silversmithing there are rarely ever things that can be pined down to a few decades. Instead, we look at things, techniques and practices, that continue for centuries if not millenia.

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agleopar

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iconnumber posted 11-11-2004 07:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dale, yes, and a clarification, machine bright cut done with a hand held diamond tip burr at high rpm can be done by an unskilled worker and has only been done since the last century. I'd argue that it does not compare to the hand effort for grace and beauty!

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middletom

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iconnumber posted 11-16-2004 06:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for middletom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At ONC we have a pattern called "York" that has bright cut engraving along the edges of the handle, leaving a feather edge. We have had the engraving done outside since the inception of the pattern in the seventies. We always thought the engraving was done by machine, as it was so precise and even, but the company doing it for us insisted it was hand done. Well, about six years ago the company told us they could no longer do it for us because the engraver who did it abd specialized init, had retired. We went to a great many other hand engravers to have the pattern continued and they all said that the other man's work was machine done because it was too regular and exact. The engraving company said that if they had a machine to do it, they would still be doing it for us. We have finally found another engraver who is able to do it. The trick was that while one might be able to engrave well up the right side, turning and matching that up the other side was nearly impossible for most of the engravers. It sure looks nice when well done.

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 11-16-2004 10:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is this the same case with the "Paul Revere" pattern? (also engraved by hand?)

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