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Elgin Grade 114 and Watchmakers' Marks

In this photo, near the screw at the right, to the fore, you can see some faintly engraved characters.  These are "watchmaker's marks".  They were made by someone that serviced, or possibly sold, this movement.

Such marks are common and I am frequently asked what they mean. Unfortunately there is no way to know.  They had meaning only in a context of the individual watchmaker's records. The marks are today an important part of the character and history of the piece just the same.

Watchmakers' marks are not usually on the visible part of the movement.  They'd typically be under the dial, or most commonly, inside the back of the case.

This watch movement is an Elgin grade 114.  It is a 16 size, 7 jewel movement, made about 1895
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