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A Rare Antique Bow Fitting Tool

There are many obscure tools in watchmaking that are for very particular purposes.  They are not needed often, but they are very nice to have when they are needed.  I am lucky to have one of these tools use for milling down the studs of pocketwatch bows, to fit the case.
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