Engraved stationery starts with the copper plate from which the paper is printed. Leeming Brothers has pioneered a new method of engraving the plates that reduces the cost to little more than that of the metal.
Here the copper die is shown locked up in a Cronite press. Over it is the ‘counter’ or ‘force’, the moving part of the press that exerts nearly 20 tons of force to stamp the paper into the die. A trial impression is taken on the counter.
At the rear of the press, you can see the rollers that ink the die and the continuous roll of paper that wipes it to ensure that the ink is confined to the engraved parts of the die.
Having taken a trial impression, the minder now has to cut the counter in such a way that it presses an area very slightly larger than the text to be printed. This is what gives engraved stationery its distinctive ‘bruise’ on the back of the paper.