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  1. #11
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    Pierre,
    Thank you so much for the link to littleguns! It has lots of 'eyecandy', and information.
    The quality of work from that era is amazing, especially given the working conditions and simplicity of tools as compared with today's. The volume of production is mind boggling as well.
    gailm
    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
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    And miles to go before I sleep.
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    Default Corombelle Family Engraving during their "Exile" in England - 1915

    I've just discovered this thread by chance! During the WW1 - In 1915, the Corombelle Family were in "Exile" in the village of Longhope, Gloucestershire in England (at Sunnyside Cottage, Little London) for some time, including Lte Hippolyte Corombelle, his wife and daughter Lyson Corombelle. I have inherited a couple of beautifully engraved solid silver inkwells with the classic Corombelle Designs of intricate bouquets of flowers which are usually found on gun barrels. In our family archives we have a couple of small coloured paintings of flowers by the family with messages & signatures in an autograph album (April 1915) which may be of interest, as well as a letter which is either by Corombelle's Wife or Daughter since we cannot decipher the signature. My father used to tell me that Lte Hippolyte Corombelle was the engraver to the Belgian King & Royal Family. Maybe others on this forum can verify whether this was true?






    Last edited by percyhewitt; 08-02-2012 at 10:29 AM. Reason: Adding Images of Corombelle Engraving

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    Percy,

    Somehow I missed your post. Thanks for passing on the images and information about the Corombelles. I was unaware of their stay in England. I have attached two examples of the Corombelle style of gun engraving. The Piotti was engraved by Contissa and the other by an unknown Spanish engraver.
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    when I worked at 'Lebeau-Courally" I meet several time Miss Corombelle,she was an old lady
    bye Rocco
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    this is a work of Hippolyte ,her father
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