In 1998 this very watch appeared in a mail-order dealer's list for $2,595. To put it into perspective, this same dealer had more than one No. 229 "The Studebaker" priced at about $1,500. Since they appeared at different times and only appeared in one monthly issue each, I can only assume that the watches sold, although not necessarily at the asking price.
Brimfield is great, isn't it? I usually go in May and September because I tend to agree with your wife, July is too hot.
Also, they say they have more sellers in spring and fall. I wish I had your luck there. But even when I don't find a thing, I still have a great time there.
I have been to Brimfield twice before this, both times in May. I enjoy going there although it was HOT this time. There was a nice array of pocket watches but many dealers wanted arms and legs for what they had. Also saw several very nice guitars, but that's getting off the subject. Will be headed to Bouckville, NY in August. The gated part of that, on the weekend, usually falls the same weekend as the Syracuse regional but not this year. Like Brimfield, it runs all week. Happy hunting!
found this 21 jewel 1883 the other day, it is the first 21 jewel special I have seen that isn't a tu tone. It is from the 1734001-17340200 run so I wonder if maybe those 200 were regular nickel finish?
17340013 from the first run is also nickel finish. It would be interesting to track serial numbers and see if the first run was all nickel finish movements while the second and third runs were all two-tone finish movements.