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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1975 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • 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, a needle 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 of this type to produce dotted areas and lines, and an oil rubber, made from printers' flannel, for wiping copperplates.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1975 (made)



Materials and Techniques



Length: 7 cm

Descriptive line

Single steel punch : a copperplate engraver's tool for use with a hammer to make dots


Tools & Equipment


Ceramics Collection

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