From the 1930's until as recent as the late 70's pantographs were the only available engraving machines. Today we use our pantograph as much as ever for larger cylindrical objects, trophies and bowls. We use a solid floor model with various sized cones. Great for engraving perpetual cups, quaich and large tankards. The picture shows some of the plates used to trace with the pantograph.
Operating a Pantograph
An engraver operating the pantograph
The Pantograph is made up of four horizontal arms and holds a diamond cutter. Moving the end of one bar over the outline of the brass plates causes the cutter on the connected bar to duplicate the same shape traced by a diamond pointer.
Brass plates used to trace the letters
The Plates are slid into the tracks and tightened up with the screws
Brass Tracing Plates
and Finished Base Band
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