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Elgin Grade 81

This is Elgin's grade 81, 18 size, 13 and 15 jewels variations, made about 1882.  
This is the ratchet wheel. It's nice to see it in such good condition, no broken teeth. It's been awhile since I had any replacements for this part.
This is the click.
Here is the ratchet wheel and click in place, dial side. They are held by a round cover.
 Moseley's patent...

Nice hunter case on this one, with a lot of hinged parts.
These older movements are held in their case by just one case screw. Opposite the screw there is supposed to be a pin sticking out. This pin goes into a hole in the inside edge of the case, thus holding the movement on that side.

For whatever reason, these pins are very often missing or broken off. This one is missing. When they're broken off, the hole has to be drilled out and re-tapped..
 ...Which requires making a new one.

The pin is brass, and it threads into the movement edge.
Ready to go.
Here is the pin installed.

All set!

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