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A Replacement Pallet

This is from an 18 size Elgin pocketwatch that is in a bad state. Here's just one surprise it presented.

The pallet has been replaced with... I don't know, something. The upper one is what I found in the watch. It's a little hard to see but the guard pin is even broken off, probably to make it (sort of work). The lower one is the correct part.

This is from a grade 73, 7 jewel model.
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