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square engraved copper

Rrnp

New member
It's 2x2 inches. A thin layer of engraved copper over junk metal. There is no writing on it. It was found in a neighborhood that was built around 1920.
 

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HuntinDog

Active member
Looks like a part of a print block.
 

Steve(Can)

Well-known member
Nice find... you have a relief-etched copper plate, used in the printing process. From the look of it, it was likely used in a newspaper or magazine advertisement. The type for the ad would have been set separately. In the early days of printing, these would be traditionally cut from a wood block, or linoleum, but for high volume runs, copper became the standard. Relief etchings were invented in the late 1700's and engraved or acid etched by hand, but by the 1880's a photo engraving process was developed and was in common use for printing. During the early part of the 1900's copper was replaced by zinc and lead alloys. Guessing from the style of the clothing and the look of the etching, your piece dates somewhere in the late 1800's or very early 1900's.

If you looked hard and were lucky, you might find a copy of the original ad. The image in the printed ad would be in reverse of what you see on the plate.
 

Rrnp

New member
Nice find... you have a relief-etched copper plate, used in the printing process. From the look of it, it was likely used in a newspaper or magazine advertisement. The type for the ad would have been set separately. In the early days of printing, these would be traditionally cut from a wood block, or linoleum, but for high volume runs, copper became the standard. Relief etchings were invented in the late 1700's and engraved or acid etched by hand, but by the 1880's a photo engraving process was developed and was in common use for printing. During the early part of the 1900's copper was replaced by zinc and lead alloys. Guessing from the style of the clothing and the look of the etching, your piece dates somewhere in the late 1800's or very early 1900's.

If you looked hard and were lucky, you might find a copy of the original ad. The image in the printed ad would be in reverse of what you see on the plate.
Thanks so much!
 
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