The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: October 1

WILLIAMSBURG, October 1, 1772.
JAMES CRAIG, at the GOLDEN BALL, Williamsburg, Begs Leave to inform the Publick that he has just got an eminent Hand, in the WATCH and CLOCK MAKING BUSINESS, who served a regular Apprenticeship to the same in Great Britain, and will be much obliged to those who favour him with their Commands. He makes, and repairs, REPEATING, HORIZONTAL, and STOP WATCHES, in the neatest and best Manner. JEWELLERY, GOLD, and SILVER Work, as usual, made in the neatest Manner, and on reasonable Terms, at the above Shop.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon) October 1, 1772

About this entry:

James Craig was a silversmith and usually employed a watch- and clockmaker to take care of that part of his business. With advertisements such as this one, he informs potential customers that a skilled watchmaker is available at the Golden Ball.

Sources: Cutten, Silversmiths of Va. p 190-1

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