Early Watch Papers

Watch papers were placed within pocket watch cases and primarily served as advertising. The vast majority of papers were professionally engraved and printed for the trade. Other "papers" were handcrafted, or commemorated events and famous people and were sold to colonists as mementos. These pages highlight papers of colonial American interest. (Read Article)

Early Watch Papers

Fabulous hand crafted depiction of Royal Navy warship dated 1745 on the reverse

Once located within a watch owned by William Beekman Jr. in New Rochelle, NY in 1745, and then James Beekman in 1747

Reverse of warship paper; From a watch owned by William Beekman Jr. of New Rochelle, NY in 1745, then by James Beekman in 1747

Commemoratives of General Washington and General Lafayette embossed on linen, early 19th century

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