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Elgin Grade 226

The grade 226 movement is another 18 size watch, lever-set, with 17 jewels.

This example has a fancy dial, not common on an 18 size movement.  There's a good sized chip near the 3, but these dials are almost never in good condition as they are more fragile than the usual type.

Made about 1898...

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