silverly wrote:There's quite a bit of detail available about this gentleman, but it may worth mentioning that he and his son James Jr are listed as watchmakers at 95 North Water in the New-Bedford Directory by Henry H Crapo, New-Bedford: J C Parmenter Printer, 1836.
The younger James is listed in the 1880 U S Federal Census Mortality Schedule for New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts. James's occupation was watchmaker, and he was born in Rhode Island in about 1810. He died in December of 1879.
In a 1940 periodical, he was referred to as "the late George Germer", apparently he passed away shortly after this excerpt was written.New Hampshire: a Guide to the Granite State, 1938, Federal Writers' Project wrote:In Mason lives George E. Germer, acknowledged master of chased repoussÃ©, and one of America's most expert Jewelers. Born in Germany, son of the best known jeweler in Berlin, he learned this trade from his father. Coming to America in 1893, he was employed in Tiffany's in New York for a number of years, and then opened his own shop in Boston. Failing health obliged him to move into the country, and in 1917 he bought and remodeled and old farm in Mason, where he has his workshop and where he turns out one or two pieces each year. His most notable creations are a silver gift ciborium with a repoussÃ© panel depicting the supper at Emmaus, an altar cross with chased repoussÃ©, and a silver diamond-studded baptismal rest for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
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