Exchanged emails and spoke to the owner of the stove. It's been in the same family since it was purchased, they seem very honest, it looks well taken care of. Luckily, I have a friend in the same town who volunteered to take a look at it and it passed with flying colors.
I am flying 3/4 of the way across the US to look at it tomorrow and to likely buy it. The shipping will cost more than the stove, but I don't think I will get any better deal than this, particularly on the East Coast.
Away I go....wish me luck!
Just a professional gal who loves old houses. Who strives for a balance between city and country living. And who'd like to leverage her new town's bike culture, to get back into gear...both mentally and physically.