Some time ago, I read on someone's blog (can't remember who that was!) that she got one from eBay. EBay! Why didn't I think of that earlier? I did some searches and was really able to locate some auctions ... the sellers were mostly from UK. You can see from the photo that the chrome has come off a bit here and there. But I noticed that those that are shiny almost like new would got more and higher bids ... sometimes so high that I thought was beyond reason. I am not really using the gauge ... and the scratches seem to give the gauge a greater sense of being a historical item, so I went for this one.
Since it is still Valentine's Day, I'll send you all a Valentine that almost all knitters would love ... for those of you who are allergic to it, well, you won't get hurt looking at this cute face.