Walter E. Dandy Letter 12/01/09

1323 E. 5th St.

Sedalia, Mo.

c. Winter 1909

My Dear Boy,

…Well I just come back from downtown about your watch etc. and I confess I don't know what to do. I spoke to Cordis Mr. Bards Jewler. He as always been very candid. And I told him about your watch playing out. He says I aught to get you a nice Howard 16 size. And he showed them to me. They are very nice. Made in Boston by the Walton [Waltham] Watch Co.

He says this one of yours is to large for Professional life, and to high grade movement. He said you should not have one over 17 jeweled, as in your business you may change from place to place and 23 jewelled movement easy gets aut of order unless put in the hands of competent jewelers and their seems to be very few of them. Besides they cost $1.00 more to clean them and are realy no better time keepers. I told him you liked this watch and had your name in it. He said that was another consideration. And I said he as got a good gold case for 18 size movement. What could he do with it. He says I don't know how to advise on that. I realy thought you would like the 16 size better except for this being a present for glory attained by you. Therefore I don't know what to do.

You might look at the different watches in Baltimore and see what you think about them. You might be able to trade yours in to good advantage, or you might write and ask Bard about it. If you like the 16 size best, this will do me or I will exchange with you when I get through the railroad. I think you had better buy the watch yourself. And if it takes you to long in makeing the trade get your own Ingersol for the time being.… Some of them keep good time or you could consult "Seers and Roebucks" catalogues after finding aut the prices from Baltimore jewlers. Just do what you think best. I will furnish legal tender.…

Your affectionate Father