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Elgin Grade 314

The 15 jewel grade 314 is a lmore scarce than other 12 size Elgins.
This particular example has the distinction of having been through a mashing machine prior to being sent off to me.

The train is oriented the opposite way around from the more common 315 and other 12 size grades, making the movement like a "mirror image" of others.

I don't see an advantage one way or the other.  The parts, other than the plates themselves of course, are all interchangeable.
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