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.