Internet Horology Club 185
Newly Discovered Meylan Repeater

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August 13, 2014, 09:13
Tom Brown
Newly Discovered Meylan Repeater
It would appear that the person that presented the watch Jacob Bertschmann has his named misspelled often.

I did find him in the 1880 census living in NYC, NY & listed as Counsel for Switzerland, it shows he was born about 1838 in Switzerland & he was living in NY with his wife Amelia & son Louis.

He was born Jacques "Jacob" Bertschmann inn 1835 in Basle Switzerland & died October 28, 1918 in NY, NY.

This is from the NY Times Oct 30, 1918.


August 13, 2014, 09:48
Gerald Zimmermann
J Bertschmann was also President of the Swiss Benevolent Society (1870 -1873); for sure a focus for swiss emigrants to the States or people like Meylan who were temporarily resident in NY.

Some of the connections and history of Bertschmann & Maloy:
135 Years Maloy Risk Services

August 13, 2014, 10:10
Dr. Debbie Irvine

Thank you Tom for your extensive research!

And Gerald, thanks for the link Smile

August 13, 2014, 10:29
Gerald Zimmermann
Portrait of Mr. Bertschmann:

source: Notable New Yorkers of 1896-1899; A Companion Volume to Kings Handbook of New York City: p289

August 13, 2014, 13:53
Lorne Wasylishen
Good work boys!
August 13, 2014, 21:58
Buster Beck
Without the history surrounding this interesting and priceless timepiece it would merely be another piece of man made machinery in the annals of time.

Thank you Tom for all you do and the research you afford to make it my pleasure to belong to this internet club.

August 14, 2014, 00:22
Jessica Goldstein

This is extremely helpful. I cannot thank you enough. I would love copies of all of the documents and if you wouldn't mind telling me where you get your information from that would be great too. My exhibit will be complete thanks to you and Gerald. Thank you so much to both of you. If you would like I can post pictures of my exhibit once it goes up. I am taking high quality color pictures of it and recording its chime. It really is a work of art, and the family story is great.


August 16, 2014, 11:12
Tom Brown
I have started emailing you the records I located. Good luck on the project.

November 02, 2014, 10:43
Jessica Goldstein
Hi everyone,

Thank you for all of your responses. I am doing some more research now into the watch and it's background. Does anyone know the significance of a man receiving a gold watch in 1900 or 1910? One business partner gave it to another business partner. I am having a hard time finding literature on this issue.