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Job Number 170032

This next one is another three fingered bridge grade. More examples here.

See the whole album for this project here.

The train bridge is really one part. Here we can see the secondary serial number stamps on the bottom.
Note the "Pac-Man" prefix on this one.

This watch is Elgin's grade 248, 16 size, 15 jewels, made about 1902.

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