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iconnumber posted 10-11-2007 11:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently found this trade card for the jeweler and watchmaker James C. Bates who worked c 1870-1900 at 87 Merrimack Street in Haverhill MA.

Given the probable date of the card (c 1875-1880), the text on the back strikes me as interesting.

I have looked at quite a number of similar cards over the years and I can't remember mention of both coin and sterling goods so late in the century or the admonition to Observe the stamp on the back.

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iconnumber posted 10-11-2007 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
WEV,

Thanks for sharing this. It is very interesting. I too, also don't recall ever seeing the mention of both coin and sterling goods so late in the century.

Do you suppose along with cases from Morocco that they were also importing foreign coin standard silver? Or maybe since they say "Spoons, knives forks, etc., Made to my special order ....." that this was a nod to those who had coin which they wanted reworked into utensils?

I also suppose the admonition to Observe the stamp on the back might be a way to protect themselves if someone later claims they bought sterling and then discovered it was coin.

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iconnumber posted 10-11-2007 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe that Morocco refers to the leather, not the country.

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iconnumber posted 10-11-2007 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yah I guess you are correct about Morocco meaning leather.

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In the 1850 U S Federal Census for New Bedford, James C Bates is listed with his father Amos Bates who was a watch and clockmaker and a James H Chase who was a jeweler and possibly an uncle.
In the 1860 U S Federal Census for New Bedford, James C Bates is listed as a clerk in the same household as James H Chase.

James C Bates married Elizabeth Harding Kimball on 15 August 1883. Elizabeth's father Nathan Sweet Kimbal was the sixth mayor of Haverhill under its city charter which was granted by the state legislature in 1867.

Interestingly, on 6 August 1899, James C Bates of Haverhill wrote to the Editor of the Jewelers' Circular asking him to identify the trademark for Frank W Smith which the editor did for him in the 23 August 1899 issue of the circular. James wanted to match the pattern of some teaspoons for a customer.

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