I am not familiar with this piece, but I have other items made by Jay Leslie and its all high quality stuff. If Jay is charging $698 for it, its worth that much and then some (so $499 is a real bargain). His mentor was a wonderful magician, prop-maker, and dealer (not to mention a great storyteller) named James Swoger and Jay continues in the tradition of old fashioned quality and service. He makes his teacher proud.
For what its worth,