steel engravings


German hunting crossbow

Manufactured in Central Europe c.18th century.
Fires bolts/quarrels at stuff you want to lethally injure. Engraved steel fittings and bow, with decorative pompons and cloth bands, ivory-inlaid stock.

A very fancy missile weapon, unlike many stonebows and slurbows of the same era this one appears to have been made to hunt larger animals, something rare in the age of gunpowder.

Catalyst : Unbroken // Yoongi

Hunter!Yoongi x Angel!Reader. 2.8k words. Mild angst.

Series collaboration with @lovelyoongis and @optosomnio

Description. Hoseok || Yoongi || Taehyung || Jimin || Seokjin || Jungkook

In a world where demons and angels are hunted for the price of their wings by humans, will there ever be a chance for a hopeless love ─precisely between the hunter and the hunted?


They ─the believers call you. There’s hilarity in the sickening irony of the noun; a twist of syllables on tongue that drips with a sense of unrestricted conviction. They worship what they grow up knowing are virtuous and they curse the demons, shuddering at the mere thought. Defiled creatures, they hiss spitefully as if the words alone are toxic in their mouth.

Naivety runs along the line of blind loyalty and apparent scorn.

Don’t they know that the worst kind of evil is the one they can’t see?

For those who see beyond the pale of faultless masks masqueraded by the angels, they are the ones that truly transcend the limit of human capabilities. Loaded on guns, sheathed daggers strapped on legs, they are set for the hunt. Values are discarded for the high of the chase, poaching for the intricacies of angels’ wings. They call themselves ─hunters.

Min Yoongi, he’s one of them; an angel hunter.

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Torquato Tasso (11 March 1544 – 25 April 1595)

Italian poet of the 16th century, best known for his poem Gerusalemme liberata (Jerusalem Delivered, 1581), in which he depicts a highly imaginative version of the combats between Christians and Muslims at the end of the First Crusade, during the Siege of Jerusalem. He suffered from mental illness and died a few days before he was due to be crowned as the king of poets by the Pope. Until the beginning of the 20th century, Tasso remained one of the most widely read poets in Europe. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: 1. Frontispiece “Tasso From a Portrait Engraved by Raphael Morgen” from The Jerusalem Delivered of Torquato Tasso. Translated into English Spenserian Verse, with A Life of the Author: By J. H. Wiffen. Third American from the last English Edition. Illustrated with Six Fine Steel Engravings. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1851.  2. Title page from Tasso’s Jerusalem Delivered, An Heroic Poem. With Notes and occasional Illustrations. translated by The Reverend J. H. Hunt, A.M. In Two Volumes. Vol. I London: Printed for J. Mawman; By T. Miller, 1818.  3. Frontispiece “Torquato Tasso. Photogravure from the original painting by Wilhelm von Kaulbach.” 4. “Tasso at the Court of Ferrara. (Tasso reading “Jerusalem Delivered” to the Sisters of the Duke of Ferrara.) Photogravure from the original painting by Edouard Ender.” from Jerusalem Delivered By Torquato Tasso. Translated by Edward Fairfax. Edited by Henry Morley, LL.D. Revised Edition. New York: The Colonial Press, 1901.


Steel engravings of Berlin, 1850-55.

An addition to this post:

The images are not mine. All credits belong to their authors.

Die Bilder stammen nicht von mir. Alle Rechte liegen bei den jeweiligen Autoren.

mnemonicmadness  asked:

Since you offered so kindly: 44 and 76 please :)

76. I want you to have this.

Harold can still feel John’s presence in the room. The man is silent like panther, even his breath barely makes any noise, but Harold has been able to detect his proximity for quite a while now. It is unmistakable in the absence of the vacuum he leaves behind when he isn’t around; both in the library, and in Finch’s heart.

So, he doesn’t have to turn around to know John is here… lingering. There’s a prickling sensation at the back of his neck that tells him that John is also watching him. He waits him out, letting him make up his mind. He doesn’t want to push Reese into doing something he isn’t ready for.

It’s not the first time this week John has acted this way, like there’s something weighing on his mind. Harold has caught him looking at him like trying to decipher a puzzle maybe. There’s something he wants to say, or do, and is finding the leap of faith hard. Harold wants to help, wants to reach out and touch his hand and ask him “tell me.” And just like that, he knows John will.

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European (Bohemian, possibly Prague) ceremonial arrowheads, 1437–39, steel, copper alloy, originally mounted on wooden shafts, extremely large, probably symbols of rank or batons of command, decorated with royal Bohemian monograms “AR” for Albert, king of Bohemia and Hungary (reigned 1437–39), and badges in addition to religious invocations in medieval Czech.


Ok, so I went to visit one of my convention buddies in Wisconsin last week (hence why I was gone), and she had me watch RWBY for the first time.

And then this happened~~

That’s pretty much the basic formula, if you were wondering. Thing I like + Symbols or some other kind of thing I can engrave = Sweet finger swag for you! And yes, I do mean YOU! My rings come in US sizes 3-16 to accommodate fans of all sizes. Size should NEVER be a barrier to looking awesome! 💖

These rings are stainless steel and hand engraved by me with each girl’s symbol. Stainless steel is naturally silver, so the colored bands are anodized, which is an electrochemical process that changes the color of the steel. A plain engraving will be naturally silver since it scrapes off that top layer of anodization, but I can add color to that engraving by using an alcohol-based ink. Using both colored bands and different inks, I came up with some designs that reflected the characters’ color schemes. The symbols are all 100% engraved by hand, no stamping or tracing.

For Ruby, I chose a rose gold band and red ink.

For Weiss, I chose a silver band and either white pearl or a blue-grey pearl ink. It’s a little hard to see since it’s rather pale, so I can darken that up for you. I think her symbol would also look nice in red.

For Blake, I chose a black band and purple ink. Have I mentioned how much I love those gradient tights she wears? :D

For Yang, I chose a gold band and either black or orange ink. Her symbol might also look nice in brown or even red.

I’ve also included a black band option for each girl, with red ink for Ruby, white pearl ink for Weiss, and yellow ink for Yang. You can also get the rings without the ink, as shown in photo 3. Since these rings are totally custom, I can do any band color or ink color you’d like, as well as symbols for other characters or even your OC~

  Illustration for Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, 1884, by Gustave Doré, French, 1832-1883. Manuscript in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., USA.

  Doré was a prolific artist who illustrated many classical works. He was an artist, printmaker, illustrator and sculptor and this illustration is from a steel engraving.

   “Eagerly I wished the morrow; vainly I had sought to borrow

    From my books surcease of sorrow, sorrow for the lost Lenore….”