Collection: Antique Steel Engravings

During the early part of the 19th century copper was replaced by steel for many sorts of printing plates. An American, Jacob Perkins, developed a process of steel engraving for banknotes in 1819. Steel was much harder wearing, meaning that thousands of impressions could be taken before signs of wear appeared. Steel also allowed the engraver to produce much finer detail than copper, because the wear on the plate was much slower. The engraving was made on steel that had been annealed to soften it. After the plate had been engraved on it was rehardened. With the advent of steel engraving, there was a new impetus given to produce illustrated books, as the much greater number of prints possible from a steel plate reduced the costs of printing images. 1820 to 1840 was the last great age of line engraving. Steel allowed line engraving to be pushed to the limit, with prints being produced in such detail that one needs a magnifying glass to see the individual lines.

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  • Fernery and Waterfall, Grand Aquarium, Brighton - Antique Steel Engraving, 1873
    Fernery and Waterfall Grand Aquarium Brighton - Antique Steel Engraving 1873
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  • Head of New Pier, Brighton - Antique Steel Engraving, circa 1866-70
    Head of New Pier Brighton - Antique Steel Engraving circa 1866-70
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  • Bedford Hotel Brighton - Steel Engraving circa 1868
    Bedford Hotel Brighton - Steel Engraving circa 1868
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  • Battle of Waterloo - Antique Steel Engraving circa 1860
    Battle of Waterloo - Antique Steel Engraving circa 1860
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  • Duke of Wellington - Antique Steel Engraving circa 1860
    Duke of Wellington - Antique Steel Engraving circa 1860
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  • Horatio Nelson - Antique Steel Engraving circa 1860
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  • Napoleon I - Antique Steel Engraving circa 1860
    Napoleon I - Antique Steel Engraving circa 1860
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  • Death of Lord Nelson - Antique Steel Engraving circa 1860
    Death of Lord Nelson - Antique Steel Engraving c1860
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  • Marine Parade & Chain Pier Brighton - Antique Steel Engraving circa 1845
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  • Brighton - Antique Steel Engraving circa 1830
    Brighton - Antique Steel Engraving circa 1830
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  • Chain Pier & Bazaar From the Beach Brighton - Antique Steel Engraving circa 1860
     Antique print of the Chain Pier From the Beach Brighton - Steel Engraving circa 1860
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  • The Ship Hotel Brighton - Steel Engraving 1845
    The Ship Hotel Brighton - Steel Engraving 1845
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