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A Rusty Elgin Grade 286

This is an Elgin grade 286, a 6 size, 7 jewel movement.

This example was made about 1910.  It was a victim of Hurricane Rita in 2005.  It soaked in salt water until its owner was able to retrieve it.

I don't often post "before" photos, but I thought this one might be of interest!


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