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    Elgin Rare Gold 21 Jewel Grade 91 Convertible, circa 1882
    Case: 14k gold, four body, fully engraved with swirls, bird motif and vermicelli, 16 size, 53 mm, gold dust cover
    Dial: double sunk, Roman hour chapters, red five minutes, gold Louis XV hands
    Movement: No. 942337, raised gold jewel settings, three finger bridge, straight line lever escapement with counter poised pallet to the gold escape wheel, gold train, Moseley micrometric regulator, marked adjusted on the pillar plate, engraved flowers on the balance bridge, fully damaskeened
    Signed: Elgin Natl. Watch Co., case marked Solidarity, gross weight 124.1 grams

    Note: This rare American timepiece is an example of the finest craftsmanship of the period. All steel parts are finished with superior mirror and satin surfaces and there are no less than 53 gold parts including the curved regulator screw, minute wheel, hour pipe, hairspring collet, time train gears, escape wheel, banking pins and all jewel settings. Catalog entries from the 1890 place the cost of this grade movement at $178.50, a very substantial sum. The lot present here is a superior example of the highest standard produced by Elgin before the turn of the century.


    Condition Report*: Type: Elgin Rare Gold 21 Jewel Grade 91 Convertible
    Dial: double sunk, Roman numerals, red fives
    Hands; gold Louis XV hands
    Metal: 14k gold
    Gram Weight: 124.1
    Case Info: ornately engraved, gold dust cover
    Case Width: 16 size, 53 mm
    Watch Movement: No. 942337, raised gold jewel settings, three finger bridge, straight line lever escapement with counter poised pallet to the gold escape wheel, gold train, Moseley micrometric regulator, marked adjusted on the pillar plate, engraved flowers on the balance bridge, fully damaskeened
    Circa: 1882
    Condition: case is very sharp and very good, missing the crystal, dial is superb, movement is very good and running but needs cleaning
    *Heritage Auctions strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Heritage regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Heritage. All lots offered are sold "AS IS".

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