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  • Place of origin:

    Stoke-on-Trent (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1975 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Holdway, Paul (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Steel, wood

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Paul Holdway

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 35, shelf 2

This piece is from a group of tools assembled for display in the V&A by Paul Holdway, formerly head engraver at Spode's factory, which includes items made by Paul Holdway himself. The accession numbers for the group runs from C.40 to C.49-2008.

The sand-filled boss supports the copperplate as it is worked on by the engraver. The tools include a lens, this needle, used for drawing onto a printing plate, a burin or 'graver' for engraving deep lines, and a scraper for removing any raised edges created by the burin. The engraver uses a hammer and single punch to produce dotted areas and lines, and an oil rubber, made from printers' flannel, for wiping copperplates.

Physical description

Needle: steel point inserted into the casing from a wooden pencil

Place of Origin

Stoke-on-Trent (made)


ca. 1975 (made)


Holdway, Paul (made)

Materials and Techniques

Steel, wood


Length: 15.3 cm

Descriptive line

Steel with a wooden handle, for an engraver to draw a design on copperplate


Tools & Equipment


Ceramics Collection

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