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Elgin Grade 70

This grade, grade 70, is an example of the many irregularities that exist in Elgin records.  The is an 18 size movement, lever-set, made in 15 and 17 jewel versions. 

It is also found with both stem-wind and key-wind mechanisms, in the same movement.  Such movements are referred to as "transitional".

This one was made about 1874.
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