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Elgin Watchmakers College Student Work

This is a brass plate with five different types of jewel settings used in train jeweling, in vintage watches. This was made at the Elgin Watchmakers Collage to show competency with the various jeweling techniques. All the parts, other than the jewels themselves are hand made from scratch as part of the project.
My grandfather made this during his time at the school in the 1930s.

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