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Elgin Grade 372

Here is another high end B.W. Raymond model Elgin. 

This is a grade 372, 16 size, 19 jewels, made about 1910.   
This movement has an interesting repair on the jeweling for the lower mainspring barrel arbor.  The jewel has been replaced, bezel and all, with a different part that required a slightly larger hole in the plate.  It works fine.

These show the upper parts of the motor barrel.

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