Now that Winchester in New Haven Ct is no more. I have a question which might only be answered by an old Winchester gun maker.I've studied a few Commoratives and noticed progressively better engravings. I wonder if anyone has first hand knowledge of the methods used to achieved such different results. Maybe some of magazines have written on the subject.
The early ones are simple designs and extra bold imprints. Roll engraving, at least as I understand it. The Buffalo Bill Rifle reflects this early engraving.
Look at engravings on the U.S. Bicentennial rifle and more detailed objects and smaller somewhat sharper lines will be seen.
The later commemoratives like The Legendary Frontiersman have very fine line and very detailed images and shading marks. Is this still roll engraving?
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