A. R. BRATTIN
Beers, J. H.
Atlas of Putnam County, Indiana.
A Greencastle Institution.
There are some men who know how to carry on business, and others who do not. Mr. A. R. Brattin, wholesale and retail dealer in watches, clocks, jewelry, etc., at Greencastle, Ind., is one of those who do. His store rivals those of older and larger cities, and is really one of the finest in the country, and among the best appointed. It is one of the institutions of Greencastle that strangers talk about. Brattin had an enlarged experience in Cincinnati, and, as a workman, he is among the best. He has such a reputation for selling superior watches that railroad men and others requiring reliable time-pieces, whenever it is possible, patronize him. Should you go to Greencastle, do not fail to visit his splendid establishment. - Indianapolis People
Mr. A.R. Brattin is one of the liveliest businessmen in the West, and it the general opinion the trade which he has built up in Greencastle, an ordinary-sized city, is something remarkable. We are reliably informed he is in constant receipt of orders from every part of the State, and even from distant States. Many of his purchasers are dealers. Mr. Brattin's watches give the best satisfaction, and the demand for them is greater every day. - Brazil Miner
It requires a cunning hand and well-trained eye to repair the delicate machinery of a watch when once out of order, and none should attempt it save those who have been educated to the business. Herein is the secret to Brattin's success. A good watch is his passion. He regards it with a tenderness almost equaling that of a father for his first boy. All its parts are familiar to him, and long experience has given him great skill in making repairs. This has given him deserved popularity among those possessing fine watches. - Greencastle Banner
One of the most remarkable businessmen in Western Indiana is A.R. Brattin, of Greencastle. This man has established a jewelry establishment, which judged by the splendor of its adornment or the quantity and quality of its stock, would be a credit to any of the largest cities. He buys silverware by the wagonload, and jewelry, such as rings and things, by the bushel. It is doubtful that so rare a stock of goods can be found in the State to-day as Mr. Brattin's. Many Terre Haute gentlemen buy their time-pieces of Brattin. It is worth a trip to Greencastle to see his store. - Terre Haute Express
The stock of goods in a man's store, and the character and standing of the man in the community are co-equal in commanding the trade of citizens. If the stock is good, sold at fair figures, and the proprietor in known to be an honorable and fair-dealing gentleman, then customers do abound, and the customers are numerous at Brattin's watch, clock and jewelry establishment. That moral is plain. - Greencastle Star
Some idea of the extent and magnitude of the business transacted may be formed when we state that he lately received a car-load of clocks alone, at the same time that he received boxes upon boxes of silver-plated goods. This statement may excite the incredulity of the reader, especially when we add it is no uncommon experience for Brattin to receive those piles of goods, and the reader may be tempted to ask what becomes of all those goods? It must not be forgotten that there is hardly a family in Putnam County but has some article from Brattin's magnificent establishment, and that it takes a big pile of goods to go round. Bear these facts in mind, and when you want anything in the jewelry line go to the place where you will find a big stock to select from. - Greencastle Press
An Audacious Interloper
We like pluck, and hence cannot help admiring the audacity of a jeweler named Brattin, who comes from Greencastle to our Exposition, and competes with our great houses. Candor compels the assertion that he holds his own remarkably well, and has a display of diamonds, watches, jewelry, etc., of which a city dealer need not be ashamed. In his cases he has several novelties which have not made their appearance in this city yet. Greencastle has just cause to be proud of a businessman of that sort. - Indianapolis Herald, Sept. 20 1873.
A Fine Store in Greencastle
A handsomely-arranged jewelry store, with its show-windows and elegant cases filled with gold and silver merchandise, always presents to the eye an attractive appearance. We do not often find such an establishment outside of our large cities, and were much surprised, some days since, as we dropped in on our friend, A.R. Brattin of Greencastle, who presides over one of the most complete establishments of this sort found in the Western country. His establishment is well arranged for business, and the show-cases filled with gold and silver watches, silver and plated-ware, diamonds and rich jewelry in all its dazzling beauty. In the mechanical department, skillful artificers were busily engaged in their curious work, and we are informed that none but the best workmen could find employ there. From a small workshop, Brother Brattin, by his skill, integrity and industry, has progressed until he has now an establishment of which any man might feel proud. - Masonic Advocate, Indianapolis
When purchasing goods we usually desire to know what is the character of the man with whom we deal, whether he is a man of honor, integrity and veracity or not. Brattin has been in Greencastle for years, and, as a citizen and a man his character has always been above reproach. His goods always prove to be just as he represents them, and his prices are always liberal. - Asbury Monthly
A.R. Brattin, who ranks among the most successful businessmen in the West, came to this city from Cincinnati eighteen years ago, and has been the leading jeweler of this vicinity since. Thirty years' experience in his business makes him perfectly familiar with it. His reputation is not confined to this city or county alone, as the orders for goods received almost daily from all parts of the State and United States, and persons coming from a distance, personally, to buy goods from him, is evidence that the people at large are aware that it is to their interest to buy from him. His business comes from cities that boast large jewelry establishments, but the people, to be sure they get what they want, send or come themselves, to Brattin's. He has all grades of goods, from a 5-cent article to the most elegant and expensive in that line. His facilities for making and repairing all kinds of watches and jewelry are not excelled by any metropolitan establishment; and his work is always warranted. It is one of the most interesting places to visit in the city. - Greencastle Banner
In Mr. A. R. Brattin we recognize an old Cincinnati friend, who learned his business in one of the largest jewelry establishments of the Queen City. We took a great deal of pleasure in looking through his splendid store. He has about the finest silver-mounted show-cases we ever saw, abundantly filled. A splendid fire and burglar proof safe adorns the salesroom. He has a large stock of extra-fine quality of watches in gold and silver cases with his own name, "A. R. Brattin, Greencastle, Ind.," engraved thereon. He is patronized extensively by railroad men, and has sold a number of his watches to parties as far south as Tennessee and Alabama. - Journal of Commerce
How to Take Care of a Watch
While winding your watch hold it steadily so it has no circular motion, as it causes the vibrations of balance to increase, often displacing the hair-spring, or otherwise injuring the movements. The key should fit closely on the square or winding-post of the watch; if it does not it is liable to slip and break either the chain, ratchet, click or spring. Wind carefully, while the click passes from one tooth to another of the ratchet. No watch should run longer than twelve or eighteen months without cleaning, as the oil will become exhausted in that time and pivots injured by running in that condition. Never trust a good watch to an inferior workman, to repair even a trifling defect, as no after skill can fully repair the injury it is liable to sustain in the hands of an incompetent workman. In regulating your watch, always compare it to the same time-piece, one that can be relied upon. If it runs too fast, move the regulator slightly toward the letter "S" if too slow, move it toward the "F," which you will find marked on the plate of the watch. When the watch is in perfect order, the hands can be set back or forward without injuring it. Open only as necessary, as often particles of dirt will intrude into the movements and stop it. If it stops, do not attempt to start it yourself, as some part may be broken, and you would only injure the movements by using force.
A. R. Brattin, Watchmaker
The Asbury Monthly, for January 1879, published by the faculty of Asbury University, says: "A man who has the universal confidence of every one who has had dealings with him must have obtained it by fair and honest dealing. Every article purchased at Brattin's gives the best satisfaction, both in quality and price. When you purchase anything from him, you may be sure it is just what he represents it to be."
(Brattin received three diplomas at Indianapolis Exposition)
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