from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small circle of paper, silk, muslin, or other material, inserted in the outer case of an old-fashioned watch, to prevent the metal from defacing the inner case.


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  • BibliOdyssey: 'Hands up anyone who knew what a watch-paper print was? Yeah, I thought so. Me neither... Originally designed as a simple protective insert, watch-papers came to be used as an advertising medium for the watchmakers in the second half of the 18th century and another means by which print artists could ply their trade. These types of "professional" or conservative watch-papers form the majority of the genre, but a popular "amateur" variety also emerged that were valued as keepsakes.'

    May 26, 2009