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Elgin Grade 55

Elgin's grade 55, is an older 18 size, 7 jewels model, key-wind and set.  Note the solid balance wheel.

Grade 55 movements are found marked for Joseph T. Ryerson, Matthew (Mat) Laflin, William H. Ferry.

This example was made 1871.  It is marked W. H. Ferry.
The dial reads "National Watch Co."

This is the original name of the company, before they added "Elgin" just a few years after the founding.
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