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Elgin Grade 250

Elgin's grade 250 is a less common 18 size, 17 jewel movement.  We don't see these very often.

This example, made about 1904, is in a typical open face, nickle case, with the locomotive inlay on the back. Usually with these cases, the locomotive is so worn away that it's hard to make out what it is.  This one is quite good though.

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