I just bought an early Hamilton 974. Serial 54271, dating it to the 1897 or so. It has a roman numeral dial and full moon Mande. It also has a hand painting of a sacred heart on the dial. I know a little about the later 'electric railway' marketed 974s but I'm in the dark about this very early version. Any 974 experts want to share some info? Also, is there any value in the hand painting or should I consider cleaning it off of the dial?
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