Engraving, both line engraving and etching, began in the 15th century. Its precision and detail suited it to important legal or royal documentation.

There is still no substitute for ENGRAVING’s unique combination of resolution, definition and richness of image. Engraving means “carve into” and this is what the engraver does into a steel or copper die to create an image that will be reversed to “right reading” and raised in relief when printed by a diestamping press.

For hand engraving, where sculpture and three dimensional layers are required, Piccolo uses one of the very few craftsmen left in the UK able to do this incredibly skilled work. 
However, less complex images can be photo-engraved and etched on copperplates.  This provides plates of great accuracy and has opened up engraved stationery to a much wider market.

A set of pictures showing how a set of colour dies were engraved for a Royal Warrant Holder, are shown here.