Jacob Beringer Watch Paper

Unidentified engraver, probably Albany, NY
Date: c. 1840
Designer: Unidentified engraver, probably Albany, NY
Printer: Unidentified printer, probably Albany, NY
Medium: Engraving on paper
Dimensions: 2 1/4 H x 2 1/4 W
Credit: Gift of Phoebe Bender
Accession Number: 1991.71.2c

Jacob Beringer's small label was found inserted inside a silver pocket-watch case. Known as a watch paper, jewelry and watch retailers and repairmen often inserted these elegantly printed papers as a way to advertise their services. It was customary in the early nineteenth century for each person who worked on a watch to leave any previous watch papers in place, which recorded the history of the watch. Jacob Beringer owned and operated a watch and clock shop in Albany during the 1830s and 1840s and probably repaired or cleaned the pocket watch in which it was found. The watch, manufactured in England, dates to about 1803.