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Elgin Grade 130

Early watches include no features protecting them from moisture. Even something as simple as fog, or condensation caused by moving a watch from cold to warm air, can lead to rust.

That's what has happened here. The pusher is stick inside the winding arbor by rust, due the moisture getting is near the crown.
Fortunately the damage is not great. I did get the pieces separated, and the parts can be cleaned up well.

This watch is an Elgin grade 130, 0 size, 15 jewels, made about 1897.
Elgin did not often apply decorative finishes to the mainspring barrel, but this one is pretty spectacular.

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