Facts Regarding Guatemala
From Bulletin No. 32 on the subject of Guatemala, issued by the Bureau of the American Republics are gleaned the following facts regarding this Central American nation. In the department of Quiche these are among others gold, silver and opal mines which when properly worked, it is
claimed will prove a source of great wealth for the country. The jewelry, watches, etc. imported into Guatemala come chiefly from Switzerland and the United States. The value of these articles imported in 1889 was $81,970, on which duties of $9,426.55 were paid; in 1890 the figures were $122,550 and $14,093.25. The managers of the Central Railroad of Guatemala reserve the right to increase the prices, among others, in the following tariff and to reduce the same in all or in part, according to circumstances: First class for the entire distance from the port of San Jose to the city of Guatemala, $150 per cwt., 30 per ton of 2,000 pounds : Jewels and jewelry of all kinds, clocks, scientific and musical instruments.
On the free import list are diamonds and other precious stones unset; articles paying 10 per cent, on invoice valuation, clocks for towers, with dials and bells, crucibles, hourglasses, instruments used in the sciences, jewelry, gold at least .600 fine, silver, at least .835 fine, table service, silver at least .835 fine, gold at least .600 fine, watches, gold at least .600 fine, silver at least .835 fine; articles paying 70 per cent., clocks, wall table, or metal and imitation gold and silver watches, jewelry imitation, not specified in the second part of the schedule, musical boxes.
From the volume we learn that the following do business as watchmakers and jewelers : In Guatemala, Francisco Arriola, Carlos Bravaix, J. M. Castro, Ramon Duran, Enrique Gauvin, Salvador Guerrero, Marcelino Motlet, Diego B. Najero, Jorge Rodeman, Emilio Rosenberg, Frederico Widmer; in Retalhuleu, Otto Fuchard; in Salama, Francisco Presa; in Totonicapan; Delfino Cordova.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review - 16th November 1892