Thank you very much for the replies. Gun shows aren't particularly known for offering many good deals aound here anymore. However, I purchased the SS in question yesterday for $299.00 plus tax. It's brand new and thus in 100% condition so I feel pretty good thanks to the info you guys supplied here.
You didn't get hurt. Good buy for a great, handy little 6-shooter. They're loads of fun for plinking or pest critters. Recently found a nice used NM SS convert. with fancy grips to go with my 1956 issue SS with real stag grips which is still in excellent condition (original grips? don't know).