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Elgin Watch Receipt, 1897

Here we have a store receipt for an Elgin watch.  It was sold to Miss L. R. Vernon by Hinkley's Jewelry Store in May of 1897.  The warranty has been changed from one to three years.  Too bad the price is not mentioned, but the watch is serial number 2670798, which is a pretty nice 18 size movement.

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