Grampa's Engraving Letters by Pat Yager

Grampa's Engraving Letters by 

My Grampa Joe came to the States by ship from Liverpool via Ireland as a teenager. A number of years later he brought his wife and children to Oregon where he worked as what I would call an “Olde World” engraver in a jewelry shop in Eugene. His work was painstakingly beautiful as he engraved by hand on trophies, gold and silver jewelry, silverware, loving cups, etc. His lettering and price guide is one of my cherished possessions. Customers would pick a style of lettering and the cost of each letter would vary according to the amount of work necessary to engrave it. For instance, style #9 was 50 cents per small letter, $1.00 per large. #10 was $5.00 and up, depending on size. #13 cost $4.50 per letter. This would have been around 1935-1960. His handwritten price guide is taped to the back of the frame.

I miss him. Whenever he would visit us when I was a child, he would reach in front of me with his knife for the butter, and laugh delightedly as he deposited a dollop of it on the end of my nose on his way back.

Besides photographing things I find beautiful, I love to paint in watercolor! It can be loads of fun, creating its own beautiful color combinations as they run together on the paper, or it can be surprisingly independent, doing “its own thing” where you pretty much have to give up control – one never knows! That’s all just part of the fun!

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  • saseoche
    saseochealmost 6 years ago

    Amazing piece!

  • Thank you for taking the time to appreciate this work, Saseoche! – Pat

    – Pat Yager

  • sunshine0
    sunshine0almost 6 years ago

    Lovely story about your grampa and his lettering is beautiful! My mom used to do calligraphy.

  • Thank you, Marie! And I’m glad your mother enjoyed the art of calligraphy, too!

    – Pat Yager

  • pollyh
    pollyhalmost 6 years ago

    Such a beautiful keepsake to cherish…
    Carol :o)

  • Thanks for your kind words, Carol – I do appreciate them! – Pat

    – Pat Yager

  • nedesigns
    nedesignsalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful lettering and what a lovely story behind it.

  • Thanks, Nan! And I’m sure all of us have neat stories about our families from the past. My Grampa married a girl from Lancashire whom he met here in the States. So I guess that makes me 50% of British descent – an honor, to be sure! – Pat

    – Pat Yager

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökalmost 6 years ago

    Oh, what a lovely story and capture, dear Pat!

  • Thank you, Bela, for taking the time to read it and to appreciate the lettering, too! – Pat

    – Pat Yager

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Housealmost 6 years ago

    Thankyou for sharing both the lovely story – and this amazing piece of family history. How things have changed in our modern day world.

  • Paul Gibbons
    Paul Gibbonsalmost 6 years ago

    Great story and a really treasured piece of your family tradition and history.

  • BarbL
    BarbLalmost 6 years ago

    I have a few cherished treasures from my great grandfather so I have a true appreciation for this, Pat. How lovely his work was and what a great piece for you to have. It brings almost brings them back to life!

  • robmac
    robmacalmost 6 years ago

    Lovely to have such a nice piece of family history

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballalmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic history Pat!

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