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Watchpapers

Artist/Maker:
Pescud, Edward __Printer
Place Made:
Petersburg Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
1815-1840
Medium:
ink –paper
Dimensions:
LOA: 7 1/4″; WOA: 4″; DIA: 1 7/8″
Accession Number:
2560.1
Description:
One of four sheets of paper, each with two imprints on each side, so arranged to allow four cut-outs on each sheet, of round watchpaper advertisements as follows: “Watches Repaired on the Shortest Notice.” and “Pescud, Printer.” on perimeter, with “John Winckler, / Silver-Smith & Jeweller, / Mecklenburg, / Virginia.” in center.

These paper labels would be placed inside of watchcases made or repaired by Winckler. Whenever the watch owner opened the case to wind the watch the paper would serve as a reminder of who serviced it last.

History:
These unused watchpapers descended in the family from the silversmith John Winckler, Jr. (1775-1854) to his great-grandson E.P. Winckler, of Mecklenburg County, VA. MESDA’s Desk and Bookcase (2543) also followed the same path of descent in the Winckler family.