There have been some fantastic finds this year, and while many stayed in the collection, others were traded away to other collectors. There are twisted treasures to be discovered out there in the wild, and you never know what unusual corkscrew will turn up next.
Over coming weeks, I will be narrowing the list of what corkscrews make the best 6 of the year, and of course, I will encourage you to weigh in.
But, before we begin, here are a few of those that might make the list…
Of course, we still have a few weeks until the close of the corkscrew collecting fiscal year…
Well, actually another Walker Advertising Worm, as the peg wasn’t present.
Over the last week or so, there has been a corkscrew lot on eBay that within it, contained a Walker advertising corkscrew without the peg.
What was particularly interesting, is the ad on the corkscrew was one that I don’t remember seeing.
It was for Pederson Merc. Co., in Moorhead, Minnesota.
So, I started to do a little digging while the bidding was taking place to find out who Pederson Merc. was.
It didn’t take much to find that Pederson Merc, is Pederson Mercantile, and Pederson Mercantile was a liquor distributor in Minnesota.
Digging a little deeper… in 1890 North Dakota declared itself a dry state. And, Minnesota was NOT a dry state, but North Dakota allowed for its residents to buy alcohol through the mail, and Pederson Mercantile capitalized on this.
Also, interesting, that the Walker worm is not the only corkscrew upon which Pederson Mercantile advertising can be found…
The auction ended a couple of nights ago, and I WASN’T the high bidder.
The Chicago Nickel Works, 95 Ohio street, Chicago, Ill., are putting on the market the above-named article, which is represented in the accompanying illustrations in position for use. It will be perceived that this extractor is different in appearance from others on the market. The simplicity of its construction and the ease with which it may be operated are referred to by the makers. In use the neck of the bottle is pressed into the mouth of the device and in line with it. The lever shown is then pulled sharply forward, which motion rotates the screw into the cork. Pushing the lever back to its former position draws the cork and reverses the screw. At the same time the cork is thrown off and the machine is again ready for use. The appliance is described as made of gun metal with ebony or mahogany and finely finished in nickel. The screw works on ball-bearings, and the point is made that it has no cogs, racks or springs to get out of order. The extractor is made with clamp, as shown herewith, or with base to screw on, as may be preferred, and can quickly be attached to or detached from a counter or sideboard. All parts are interchangeable, and it is state that any person with but little
mechanical ability can insert any broken part, though the machine is not liable to get out of order. The elegance of the finish of the machine and its durability and satisfactory working are points referred to by the manufacturers.
Quite a novel method of extracting a cork from a bottle is to blow it out with air pressure.
A bowed thin hollow air conductor is inserted between the cork and the neck of the bottle.
Outside the bottle this is bent at right angles and leads to a small pipe, to which is connected an air pump that forces air into the space between into its contents and the bottom of the cork. The device is of German Origin.