I have several unusual gravers, and hope that someone out there may
be able to shed some light on their possible use. I have 3 bent
liners, with the lines cut on the inside edge of the curve. In
other words, they are “inside out”, from their usual orientation. I
have heard from another engraver that they had the same type of
inside out gravers, but theirs were a round, and an onglette in
shape. They are all manufactured by the E.C.Muller Company, and in
both cases, purchased as part of a lot of close-out gravers. The
only thing I could think of for their use might be for ornamental
work on large diameter bowls, sort of like the old-fashioned
repousse, chased and engraved floral pattern borders of years ago.
They definitely won’t cut a flat surface!
Does anyone out there have any suggestions as to what they were
originally used for? I thought the liners were just cut on the
wrong side of the tool, but since I heard about the round and
onglette versions of the same shape, I’m thinking they must have had
some arcane use!
Melissa Veres, Engraver