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10 years 24 weeks ago, 6:24 PM


Riversedgeman's picture

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Oct 2007

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?

10 years 1 week ago, 4:57 AM


ab's picture

Private First Class
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Mar 2008

They were just better engravers in the old days and worked with hand tools and not graver meisters. They also had a strong apprentice system that trained them well to care. There is a lot of junk out there amidst the very very good engraving.

9 years 44 weeks ago, 5:17 PM


bigshrek's picture

Master Sergeant
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May 2008
"progressively better

"progressively better engraving" usually means that the engravers get better with practice...the more time someone has to perfect their skill, the better they get at it.

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