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Fitting Parts

Very often a replacement part is not available, but you can alter a part that is close to fit.  This is a stem from a pocket watch case.  It's an odd size; extra long with small threads for the crown.  The threads have a tighter than usual pitch, just to be extra different.  I found only one stem that was close.  It's a hair shorter but should work.  It has the right threads.  It just needs the shape changed a little.

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