Posted 4 years ago
I have an engraved and inked plate of Winslow Homer's "Ship-Building, Gloucester Harbor," which I found at a thrift store several years ago. I cannot identify the material used as the plate -- it is glass-like and semi- transparent. Every dot and line on the plate matches a googled image of the original engraving -- but the plate is missing portions of the image from both sides. I'm assuming this was a souvenir of some sort, but why was it inked, and what type of glass-like material could be carved like this?