After a long day of waiting and the post office teasing me with lies of delivery times.....it arrived. The Brinsmaid fusee, with a rather obvious thud in the box as I moved it...that made me worry. Plenty of bubble wrap, a black box, and a very worn envelope were inside. The thud was the watch moving in the black box. I had a look in the box and was very pleased. Nothing looked broken and with a little turn of the wrist it started ticking. I quickly opened the back and gave it a wind up. Happily ticking along I had a look at the worn, soiled, and tattered envelope addressed to the previous owner from the Vermont Historical Society. I knew there was a letter but this was more. Inside were 4 pages that were copied from a book, the letter, and a copied picture of a pocket watch. This was not the looks of something someone just had kicking around. This was someone who made a good attempt at trying to find out the history to the watch. I made a copy of all the papers and put them safely back in the envelope. I then took the pictures you see below. The watch has a stop lever around 7-8. This will stop the 4th wheel and thus the watch. Looking inside I see that parts are nicely finished and polished. The gold balance is in excellent shape and it has a nice slow beat. The case has multiple markings for maker, Chester, sterling, and the year mark 1850. Now one mark I did not expect to see was a 2 oz mark. I don't have a large deal of experience with fusee watches but I know the usual ounce marks on silver American cases. One fun thing in the pages I read that came with it was about how the store was saying they had a recent importation of gold and silver English lever and gold and silver Geneva pocket watches. There is a statement that they also have the same quality movements that they would put in your choice of case. This sounds like a jobber. There is also a mention "Their watches were adapted to run well at sea and on railroads". This was in the Burlington Courier 12/8/1853. The one mystery I cant get my hand around is the name on the dial. "Brinsmaid Bros & Co" with the s on bros being small and underlined with 2 dots. Now from 1850-1854 they were "Brinsmaid, Bro & Co". I find no mention of where "Bros" was used in their naming on any products, advertisements, or articles. I don't have a large number of Brinsmaid watches to compare with and the hunt is slow and thin. So it may be one thing that we may never know. I sent out a letter to the previous owner listed on the envelope. This was just a stab in the dark but worth a try. Tom Bumbaugh, the previous owner of the watch, gave me a call a few days later. He purchased the watch about 40 years at a garage sale in NW Toledo in an area called Devil's Lake. It was in a cigar box with a bunch of dollar watches. He picked it up for $15 and sent it to a reputable watchmaker in NJ to restore. He was under the impression the watch was made in 1848 but he did not know the hallmark was for Chester and the M was for 1850. This is the beauty of this hobby. Each person, if they choose, can research and improve the known history of a watch. We each add something to that history. I'm trying to figure out who in NJ did the restore on it. Every little piece of the puzzle goes in the file I have for it. The best thing though is how happy he was that it is in the hands of a collector.