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Jay T. Last Collection of Fashion: William Hunt Business Ephemera: Finding Aid
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The William Hunt Business Ephemera, a subset within the Jay T. Last Collection of Fashion Prints and Ephemera, contains promotional materials accumulated by jeweler William Hunt of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. About 125 items from approximately 1861-1916 focus on merchandise and supplies solicited to Hunt, mainly by jobbers and manufacturers of jewelers' and watchmakers' tools, parts, products, and services.
William Hunt was born in Dunbar Township, Pennsylvania, on February 2, 1836. He became apprenticed to jeweler and watchmaker Henry W. S. Rigdon of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in 1850 for 4 1/2 years. Following four years of employment elsewhere, Hunt opened his own successful watch, clock, and jewelry repair shop in 1858 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He began adding merchandise by 1860, and in subsequent years the repair shop grew into a sizable mercantile business that remained in operation through at least 1912.
approximately 125 items
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