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16 Size Illinois

This is an Illinois Watch Company product, 16 size, 19 jewels, lever-set, made about 1926. 

It has a motor barrel with an interesting two-piece arbor. The inner spring end hooks onto a ring with a square center. The arbor part that attaches to the exposed ratchet wheel has a square body to fit inside this inner ring.

The main plate on this movement has an extra semi-circular cut-out around the fork side of the lower balance jewel. This allows visibility of the guard pin, and the roller from below.  Handy!

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