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PRICKLING

The technique of decorating a silverware by series of small dots by needle-point by persons who were unskilled in engraving.
Prickling was often used for making monograms, initials or dates.


hovedvandsæg decorated with prickling technique (photo courtesy aspireauctions.com)







These are examples on 18th/19th century scandinavian hovedvandsæg and German spoon decorated with initials executed with prickling technique.

spoon with prickling initials, town mark of Preetz, silversmith Hans Christoph Heid(t)mann (1728 – 1804)
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