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Bridges, and An Animated Illinois

"Bridged" movements are popular because, for one thing, they allow better viewing of the moving parts.

Many American makes "fake" the bridges, in other words they are not actually separate parts.  This 16 size Illinois is a good example.

The upper bridges are two actual pieces.

But they are designed to give the appearance of four bridges, plus the balance cock.

This is pretty common on fancier American movements.  There's nothing really wrong with this, it's just a matter of style.
This movement was made about 1919.

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