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Elgin Grade 349

Here's a nice Elgin grade 349, 18 size, 21 jewels, made about 1907.  
This movement features an unusual damascene pattern on the upper plates.

A new balance staff was needed to get this one going. It is a bit hard to see in this picture but the lower balance staff pivot (pointing up in this image) is bent over almost into a hook shape. How this happened I can't image. The jewels and the other pivot are OK.
The screws on this watch are nicely detailed with a chamfered edge.




Google Photos made this image from my pictures. It does that sometimes, randomly.

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