who appreciate beauty in its myriad forms can admire the artistry in
fine arms one need not be a target shooter; hunter; or collector.
Engraving and related embellishments are traditional areas in arms and
form a common bond, from the earliest weapons to the most modern
sporting rifles, with other fields of decorative arts particularly in
metal, wood, and ivory. It
is possible to sense a certain communication with the original
owner of an engraved arm simply by studying its decorative details. "
R. L. Wilson in "Steel Canvas"