I have been practising the craft of Stamper/Engraver for close to 30 years. This craft is no longer taught and today I am the last Pendulum Press Stamper/Pendulum Stamping Press operator (hand-press) who is still active.
The technique of manual stamping consists of engraving or causing the engraving of one or several blocks of steel – one per colour and indeed one for the re-strike in the case of “domestic” blocks which give more significant relief – representing a piece of text or pattern.
In stamping, the block of steel is fixed onto the pendulum with the aid of a portable stamping machine.
The block is inked using a paintbrush, with surplus ink wiped off and then fitted into the nose of the pendulum for as many times as there are supports (card, paper, etc.) which need to be stamped.When the block is struck onto the paper, it adapts itself to the indentation of the engraving aided by an offset made previously with the use of a stall. Some offsets require half an hour of work.
Each operation needs a night for drying. Manual stamping allows for printing with a quality of detail and depth of indentation (and therefore of relief) which could not be obtained by a machine.
Each support is then checked one by one: this takes place in all cases, regardless of the type of impression. This work is carried out by my spouse who monitors the production quality of this family business.
The stamping is carried out both using blocks belonging to the client that are brought along with the order or left for our use, and using blocks which are part of our own collections. We hold collections (subjects, alphabet books, monograms, first names, Paris streets, crowns, coats of arms, etc.) which mostly date from the 19th and 20th centuries. We have also carried out various original engravings. This more recent collection is added to on a regular basis.
Our business has been labelled a “Living Heritage Business” since 2007.
Our clientele is made up of quality and luxury stationers. We therefore work for the longest-established and most significant stationers/engravers in Paris. This French know-how in the domain of printing is highly-regarded in countries outside France.
Paperandco is very proud to be associated with l’Atelier Eric Lesjeune to offer you on our site those cards but also we can make your own designed cards if you love this kind of cards.
If you know someone who would be able to distribute these cards in foreign countries, please contact us ( firstname.lastname@example.org )