Book 2-another look through the window of time

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  1. Allan C. Purcell

    Allan C. Purcell Registered User
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    This is most exciting. Even the briefest of glances (all I have had time for as yet) shows a letter of 1838 giving the prices (presumably trade prices) charged by M. I. Tobias to an importer in Philadelphia for nine movements, with their jewel counts and serial numbers. How often does one encounter information of this kind? Once again Allan has placed us deeply in his debt.

    Oliver Mundy.
     
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    Thank you, Oliver, for the kind words, sometimes, like this, research pays off, but to be honest the credit goes to Rich Newman and Philip Poniz who fought they way through a jungle of red tape to get permission for it to be published on here. If only one person enjoys this, and I am sure there will be many more, then we are pleased too. I look forward to your comments and thoughts on the letters Oliver.

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  4. Allan C. Purcell

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    Thanks to members who have seen the type errors, they are now I hope all correct. Allan.

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    It is indeed wonderful that these letters have been preserved and thanks is due to the OP for presenting them for future reference.

    I know from long experience how difficult it can be to transcribe old letters and as one or two parts of the first letter were not very clear, I am attaching below my own transcription of that letter. It differs only slightly from that posted by the OP but perhaps may clarify one or two points.

    Dear Sir, Jany. 20th 1835

    The watch which you have lately taken apart & cleaned |made by L. Mallet| was purchased by me many years since at what I have considered a very great price - viz. Three hundred Dollars. I think it possible I may be induced to part with this watch and I should like to be able to say in what manner this watch differs from others so as to make its cost so much exceed the ordinary price of even fine watches. You will therefore much oblige me if you will add at the foot of this letter any observations on the subject which your very close examination of it has enabled you to do. My own knowledge of these matters amounts to nothing, all I know of the watch is that is cost the above sum here and was invoiced at fifty Louis D'ors and has been for the 20 years I have worn it a first rate time piece.

    Yours respt. [respectfully]
    Yr. ob. Svt. [your obedient servant]
    J. McMurtree

    Mr. W.H.C. Riggs
    Watch Maker, So. Front Street,
    Phila.

    (A Louis D'or was a French gold coin.)

    I hope this transcription may be of help and/or interest.

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