1861 mothers and daughters employed in Swiss watchmaking

My grandmother made whole watches!’ said an old woman, with a sigh who was now sitting at home with her daughter, employed in one single operation in a little cog for the great manufactory, ‘and at that time women were much higher in the work than they are now, and also got higher payment. They were few in number, but extremely dexterous. Now they are innumerable, but their dexterity is employed upon a mere nothing–a very crumb.

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