If you want the engravers for French stamps then you need to get a
Maury which has not only the designer and engraver but also
the print quantity and/or how many were sold for many of
Or check out this French site.
I'm glad you brought up the discrepancies between different catalogues
which made me look closer at stamps I haven't looked at in years.
Even though Michel is the best catalogue for German stamps there are still many errors and omissions.
It's a pity though that at a certain point Michel chose to no longer
list the engravers in their catalogs.
The clippings I'm showing are from the Deutschland-Katalog 1991/92
Hope they don't mind.
By the time I bought the 2005/2006 edition the engravers were gone.
From what I can see there was no rhyme or reason as to where the artists' names where included on German stamps up to 1945
except when they were engraved by Austrian engravers and printed at the State Printer in Vienna(W)
which followed the rule engraver right corner, designer left and center if he did both.
On German stamps up to 1940 the designer's name could be in the center
as with your Axter-Heudtlass examples or right margin like shown
here below. L.Wüst was the designer.
Or here with Germany DR Mi 828 Sc B215 E.Meerwald was only the designer even though he is in the middle.LOL
Michel also has a few omissions.
Here we have Germany DR Mi 854 Sc B243
Klein the designer is listed.
But where is the engraver?Rudolf Zenziger
(1891–1978) is there on the right
side on the stamp but not in Michel.
Same with Germany DR Mi 899 Sc B283.
Klein is listed but not the engraver Arthur Schuricht
(1882 - 1945)yet he is right there on the stamp.
I noticed something interesting on the stamp below.
Germany DR Mi 859 Sc B246.
Michel got it right. Designed by Axter-Heudtlass and engraved by Ferdinand Lorber
But where is the designers' name?
Spot the initials vAH above the CH.