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Elgin Grade 295

This is an Elgin  grade 295, 6 size, 15 jewels. 

It was made about 1908.




It's nice to see the fancy hands and dial still in good condition. The hands a very soft and prone to getting bent and broken. The inlay dials are brittle and very often have cracks. It's critical not to tighten the dial foot screws on these one bit more than needed to hold the dial on.





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