Engraving: A brief History

For mankind, the practice of engraving has been an essential part of human communication since at the Palaeolithic era. The earliest form of human engravings dates back to 60,000 BP where the emerging civilizations engraved etchings on the walls of caves and bone or ivory fragments. Larger Petroglyphs engraved on ancient rocks still remain to this date.

More advanced engraving developed over time and by the reign of the Egyptian and Greek empires engraving as a form of documentation and communication had developed. Again, to this date documentation from ancient Egyptians remain in museums around the world, leaving an engraved insight into an ancient world.

In addition to being a form of communication and documentation, engraving was used to reproduce printed artwork, documentation and in printing. Engraving has been used to create printing templates out of metal to reproduce newspapers, books, currency and art. To this day, engravings are used to produce unique moulds to create intricate currency the world over.

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Materials

We can produce signs with the following materials:

  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • 3 ply Laminate (Traffolyte)
  • Stainless Steel
  • Aluminium
  • Stainless Steel
  • Perspex and other acrylics

Techniques

Hand Engraving

Traditional hand etching is an excellent way to add the personal touch to a very special. . . Read More

Machine Engraving

Modern machine techniques can reproduce intricate designs and styles accurately and quickly. . . Read More