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    Re: Lunar trouble, need help
    From: Ken Muldrew
    Date: 2008 Jul 07, 12:36 -0600

    On 7 Jul 2008 at 19:14, George Huxtable wrote:
    
    > Frank Reed wrote-
    > 
    >  "But pocket watches were widely available, at least to ships' officers,
    > even at the beginning of the EIGHTEENTH century. By the 19th century,
    > they 
    > were so common that it wasn't even necessary to refer to them. Watches
    > were 
    > ubiquitous."
    > 
    > Did Frank intend those words to be taken literally? If he did, I wonder
    > if 
    > he can provide some examples.
    
    The following quote from _The_Industrious_Revolution_ by Jan de Vries (CUP 
    2008) doesn't answer George's question, but it gives a context:
    
    "European watch production rose from the tens of thousands per year at the 
    time of the pocket globe�s introduction [1697] to nearly 400,000 per year 
    in the last quarter of the eighteenth century. ... Parisian inventories 
    reveal that as early as 1700, 13 percent of servants and 5 percent of wage 
    earners owned a watch."
    
    Ken Muldrew.
    
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