Well known for his willingness to share, and his book The Art of Engraving, James “Bruce” Meek hand engraved this firearm for the late Don Glaser.
The close up here is a feature of Meek’s scroll work. He designed with intention, covering the area fully with these scrolls and working around screws and various parts of the firearm.
The background is relieved, and quite dark, which gives the scrolls a nice springboard of contrast for interest and effect. Take the time to study Meek’s simple, bold, and effective scroll design and consider drawing out his style with a pencil to practice something new. Keep those gravers sharp!