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Perazzi Engravings

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Given the freezing rain today and twenty degree weather tomorrow I’m not shooting so I thought I would post on a topic that is of absolutely no use to anyone. I’d like to clear up a few things about Perazzi engravings. First engraving number 112 shown below:
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The creatures shown have been referred to variously as “gargoyles”, “dragons” or “gryphons “. They are none of the above. These are wyverns. Wyverns are two-legged dragon-like creatures with long pointed tails that were often used in heraldry hence their use here. They do not spit fire but can spit noxious substances. Next engraving 25:
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PSA has described this as a Griffon. It is not. Griffons (or giffins or gryphons) have the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. This is the winged lion, symbol of Saint Mark, the patron saint of Venice. It is fitting that flowers are spewing from its mouth because it was a symbol of both war and peace. The bottom side of the engraving shows angels holding dead game which I did not think could happen until I came upon the following scholarly work by Larson:
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I hope this clears things up.
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I have an SC 3 # 100 engraving pattern. It is deeply engraved and quite the looker. My wife has an SC 3 w/ game scene engraving w/ the dog facing the wrong way (an error) which according to Perazzi is now a one of a kind.

On the pigeon circuit , I have seen some beauties. SCO sideplates , etc.

Also some Fabbris that are out of the ordinary , incl (supposedly) the only funeral model.
I shot with a gentleman with a Fabbri funeral grade just a couple weeks ago.
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Definitely not Creative Art!!!! Probably Bill Mains.
Also that Perazzi was engraved after the fact. Angelo Bee signed most of his work, sometimes with just a little bumble bee…
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