Federal Era Watches
The total number of early watchmakers working in America compared to makers working in England or on the continent was extremely small and surviving examples of American-signed watches are few. Repair records for Jedediah Baldwin, who was once an apprentice for the renowned maker Thomas Harland (Norwich, CT), and then continued in the trade working in Connecticut and New Hampshire survive from 1793 to 1810. Two hundred years ago, only 35 of the 2,000 watches that he serviced, or approximately 1.5 percent, were signed by an American maker/retailer.
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