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Elgin Grade 13

The grade 13 is an older 18 size, 11 jewel Elgin movement.

It is key-wind and key-set movement, note the square hub in the center of the hands.  The same size key sets the time, directly at the hands, as winds the watch.

This one, in a nice silver, triple-hinged, case, was made about 1882.

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