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Elgin Grade 10, With A Stem Kludge

This grade 10 Elgin pocket watch, made about 1894, has an unusual customization.  Elgin movements are made to fit in a case having a male, square arbor in the case stem.  This goes into a square hole in the movement.  Some older movements are the opposite.  They have a square arbor sticking out of the movement and this goes into a square hole in the stem part of the case.

This case was made for the later type, so a watchmaker has fashioned a crude, square post to go in the movement so the case  can work.

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