New Corkscrew Cases

The construction on the corkscrew room has been complete for a while now, but we have been in the market for the right cases to house the collection.  I had first thought of steel barrister cases, but the vintage ones are often in poor shape, and when they are not in poor shape, the price of them is simply too high.  And, trying to get three or four stacked sets that are matching is also difficult.

After look at several at Brimfield in September, we needed to head another direction.

Looking around online, I ran into a nice metal and glass option that was available at IKEA.  The measurements were right, they had the right look for the space, so I tried to order them online.

Okay…  Apparently that doesn’t work.

When we visited Tommy, we made a quick stop at IKEA to check them out in person.  Yes, these are definitely going to work.

The closest IKEA to where we live, is in Stoughton, MA.  A mere one hour and fifteen minute boat ride, and a 4 hour vehicle ride down to their location.

So, a couple of weeks ago, we were going to head over to the mainland and pick up 3 cases.  I called the IKEA phone number, only to be told they didn’t have any.

I then asked if I could call ahead when the stocks were replenished, pay for three, and then come down and pick them up at an appointed time.

Okay…  Apparently they don’t do that.

So, yesterday, the lovely bride and I having made it across to the mainland the day before, decided to make the drive down.  If they don’t have any in stock, perhaps they will have something else that will work.

Note to self: IKEA on a Sunday in November is mayhem!

The huge parking lot was pretty much full.  And, the store, filled with people.

We meandered through the store, trying to avoid the less determined, and finally made it to the section that had the aforementioned case.

Interestingly, I had originally wanted the cases to be blue in color, but in talking to one of the IKEA-folk, after they checked their stock levels, there were zero available in blue.

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But, our the other color we were interested in (a light gray) was available.

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Knowing that these apparently are selling lot hot cakes, I asked if they would reserve three of them for me until I could get to the purchase area.

Apparently they don’t do that.

Around the corner, I saw a display of the cases we were after.  And, it definitely reified in me that these were indeed the right addition to the corkscrew room.

The irony of seeing the cases in the display; four stacked adjacent to one another, and another not too far away, was that they were all the blue color.

Okay, so you don’t have any blue cases for sale, but you have five blue cases on display… that I can’t buy.  I mean, can you sell me the display pieces?  I will take three!

Apparently they don’t do that.

Still, with the bulk of the Massachusetts population shopping IKEA on Sunday, and knowing that the gray will also work well in the space, I walked the 1.5 miles through the IKEA glassware, IKEA cabinets, IKEA kitchens, IKEA bathrooms, IKEA lighting, IKEA rugs, IKEA bedding, and after dodging and weaving countless customers, found the warehouse area where, after retrieving a cart, found Aisle 67: Shelf 21, the locale of what was left of the last 10 gray-soon-to-be-corkscrew-cases.  I put three–which is actually 6 different boxes–onto the cart, and headed to check out.

Having completed my purchase, I loaded the boxes into the xterra.

Mission accomplished.

Now, it was on to a well-earned glass of wine, lunch with the lovely, and after an enjoyable evening in Boston, a 4 hour drive back up to Maine, a boat ride back to the island.  The corkscrew cases…which have to be assembled, should be in the corkscrew room and filled with corkscrews within a day or so.

Of course, there are more cases also to be added…  But, pictures will be posted after the assembly is complete, and a few corkscrews are placed in said display cases…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Evil Clown

Just the other day, I was perusing our second favorite auction site, and a listing popped up for a “Evil Clown corkscrew figurine ceramic or possibly syraco dist. by King.”

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The piece had a more colorful paint job than usual, but over the years several color variations have turned up.

And, the buy it now price wasn’t bad at all.  I decided to go for it.

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I don’t know if the clown is truly evil.  And, it isn’t ceramic, but it is Syroco and it will make a nice addition to the collection.

Or Tommy’s collection…

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Whatcha got to trade TC?

Looks like there is a space for him in front of the white clown with black hair next to the stained monk…

Auction lots end today

Well, it is that time of year folks.  The latest collectorcorksrews.com auction lots start ending today at 1:00.  You can link to them here.

There are some great corkscrews this time around; and the bidding is already hot and heavy.  Which lots will skyrocket due to bidding wars, remains to be seen.  But, there are already a couple that are garnering lots of bids.

Be sure to check it out!  Bid high, and bid often!

Taps and Corkscrews for Effervescing Liquids

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DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

Clench the handle in the left hand with the nozzle projecting outward through the fingers.  With the right hand hold the bottle at the bottom (see Fig. C), and press or screw it (the bottle) forward.  When the point appears through the Cork, direct nozzle into the tumbler, into which, with a further turn or two, the liquid will rush.  Do not use corkscrew to break wire or string.  To preserve the remainder, draw or screw the bottle backwards till the holes are brought well within the Cork, afterwards keeping the bottle neck downwards.  The pointed form (Fig B.) should be withdrawn till about ¼ of an inch of the point shows.

  • Keep the internal slide tube shut whenever pasting through cork. When desired, push it open with the backs of the fingers of the left hand acting beneath the disc.

 

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Just in case you have a Hooper’s patent, and wanted to use it…

On another corkscrew note: no corkscrews or moose were found at Moosehead Lake.  Although, we did utilize one on a great bottle of McPrice Meyers.

Of course, the big corkscrew news, is that there are 720 lots upon which to bid on the latest corkscrewcollectors.com auction.

Bid high, and bid often.  You can link to the auction here.

Perry & Co’s Improved Patent Corkscrews

From the May 1882 copy of Perry & Co’s Monthly Illustrated Price Current:

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These Corkscrews are a vast improvement on the ordinary Corkscrews as they give a great increase of power to the drawer, and will be found to save much trouble. The Cork is extracted by simply continuing to turn the screw after it has pieced the Cork.  When lined with India Rubber, the neck of the bottle ensured against breakage.

 

 

 

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off to Moosehead

The lovely personal personal trainer and I are off to Moosehead Lake for a few days, if any corkscrews (or mooses) are found along the way, I will report back here.

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Speaking of finding corkscrews, or cork pullers rather, this cork puller hook, is on its way to the collection.

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If you have cork puller with which you would like to part, feel free to drop me a line!

From a 1903 DUNHAM, CARRIGAN & HAYDEN CO. catalog

From an 1903 DUNHAM, CARRIGAN, & HAYDEN CO. catalog:

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The two corkscrews illustrated up top, are both Frary Corkscrews.  Interestingly, what DUNHAM, CARRIGAN, & HAYDEN CO. are calling the No. 240, wasn’t illustrated within 1889 copy of The Iron Age: A Review of the Hardware, Iron and Metal Trades, which was where Kenneth Cope found the images that identified the corkscrews as made by Frary in his book Kitchen Collectibles; this same issue of Iron Age became the basis of my article Finding Frary, which you can link to here.

There are some collectors that have asked me, was the non-hammer-non-ice-pick Frary a production item, or was it that their hammer and spike had gone missing.

Well, this clearly answers the question!  A production corkscrew, that cost 25% less than the Ice Pick and Breaker Version!

No. 240—5 inch, Self Drawing, Revolving Bell, Convex Twist, Cast Steel, Fancy Iron Handle, Full Nickel Plated .. Per Doz $6 00

241—5 inch, Same as above, with Ice Pick and Breaker …………………………. $8 00

Dozen per box

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It pays to advertise (again)

There is a Gold Medal Malt cork puller enroute to the collection!

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A few days ago, I had posted an image of the folding Greeley on Facebook, hoping that someone would have a second one.

And, before long, this was offered up.

Not a Greeley, but still a cool cork puller to add to the collection.

This one is an advertising piece for “GOLD MEDAL MALT, FRANKENMUTH PRODUCTS CO.”

There will be more news shortly.  We are heading to the airport this morning to pick up Tommy!  Let the corkscrewing around commence!

 

“avoids all unnecessary shaking of the bottle…”

From a 1922 issue of The Export World and Commercial Intelligence

 

A Novel Corkscrew Invention.

A corkscrew which will perform its function of extraction without spoiling the cork or making a hole in it is a novelty which should make a wide appeal.  There is firstly to be considered the saving of corks—an important matter these days—and, in addition to this, it is claimed that the patent “Stap Corkscrew” illustrated avoids all unnecessary shaking of the bottle—a point which is of considerable importance in dealing with certain wines.  In use the metal strips are pushed down gently with a rocking movement between the cork and the bottle neck.  The cork is then extracted by pulling up gently and at the same time turning the screw.  The appliance is light in weight and can be easily packed.  The invention is handled in this country by Messrs Leverlite Lamps, 23A Old Bond Street, London, W.I.

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“having dose cups with each bottle”

From the February 3, 1889 issue of PHARMACEUTICAL RECORD

H. Zeilin & Co., Philadelphia, call attention in an announcement recently made to Professor Parrish’s preparations, and especially Parrish’s Compound Syrup of Phosphates. Chemists who have had experience in the manufacture of Compound of Phosphates are aware that it is almost impossible to make it perfect and prevent deposit, fermenting and change, but J. H. Zeilin & Co., having purchased the private formulas of Parrish’s specialties, take especial pains to make the preparations worthy of the name of the distinguished chemist.  The articles are referred to as put up in a very attractive style, having dose cups with each bottle, rendering them very desirable articles to handle.  The following at the prices of the different preparations, terms cash 30 days:

                                                                                    Per doz.

Compound Syrup of Phosphates………………………..    $7.50

Glycerole of Hypophosphites……………………………     7.50

Syrup of Phosphites…………….…………………………..     7.50

Compound Syrup of Hypophosphites, with Iron….. 7.50

Syrup of Phosphate of Iron……………….………………….7.50

Syrup of Lacto-Phosphate of Iron………………..……….7.50

Bitter Wine of Iron………………………………………………7.50

Propylamin Cordial……………………….…………………..11.25

Wine of Pepsin…………………………………………………….7.50

Solution of Meconate of Morphia…………………………5.63

Elixir of Calisays……………………………………..…………..7.50

Elixir of Valerianate of Ammonia…………….………….5.63

Cephalic Snuff…………….………………………………………1.87

Dragees of Santonine…………….………………………..….1.87

Liquid Rennet…………….………………………………………1.87

We have owned several versions of the Zeilin patent in Sterling — these come in various sizes; embossed or plain.  There are also versions that have a medicine dial.

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And, we have a glass and metal version.

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But, it is within the pages of Fred O’Leary that there is Zeilin Dosage cup carrying the patent date, and also serving as an advertisement for one of the Hypophosphites listed above

On page 63 of O’Leary amongst the others, this version of the Zeilin is picture and described as being marked, “ONE TEASPOONFULL PARRISHS HYPOPHOSPHITES, J.H. ZEILIN & CO. PHILA, PA”

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The 1889 article says “having dose cups with each bottle.”  Was it Zeilin’s patent that was included within each box with each bottle?  What do you think?  And, if there was, why haven’t more turned up?

Do any of you have an all metal (non Sterling) Zeilin Patent dosage cup with patent date and advertising?

I would happily trade for it if you do.  Drop me a line.