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1873 Elgin Watch Co Chicago Inter-State Exposition R-IL-EL-8 Artwork
This is an advertising medal from Elgin Watch Co of Elgin Illinois which is located about 35 miles northwest of Chicago. It was made in the Exposition Building in the first year The Chicago Inter-State Exposition opened. The Elgin National Watch Company was a major US watch maker from 1864 to 1968.

A very similar medal exists with "Contribution to 1873 Yellow Fever Sufferers" over the watch face on the reverse.
There must be at least 9 different Elgin medals that have been cataloged related to the watch company.
There are some with "Father Time" on one side and have serial numbers. They might have been included with a matching numbered watch at the time of sale.

I just had to have this as I had been watching these various medals pop up over the past few years.
The price was right for sure and the condition exceded my standards.
I also collect pre World war II exposition and world's fair medals, tickets and ephemera.
Pocket watches have always facinated me. When my grandfather died, I remember my grandmother showing me "Pop-pops Dollar Watch". It probably was better than the dollar watches of the day. It had a fancy factory level engraving and cuts on the case.
When she died, my father inherited it.
When he died my mother gave it to me. I had it for almost 20 years when my daughter married and I gave it to my son-in-law with instructions that he give it to one of my 3 grandsons when the time was right, and that that one should also pass it on as a tradition.
I have two other pocket watches that are Walthams and also in working order. They will go to the other two boys I suppose.

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