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Elgin Grade 55

This is a William H. Ferry model, grade 55 Elgin movement, made about 1871.

It's a key wind and set, 18 size, 15 jewel watch, and one of Elgin's original designs.

Note the solid balance wheel.

The factory records call this a 7 jewel grade.  Not this example though. The records are not always correct.

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