Shipping and Handling

So… I walked over to the poop office box today, and there indeed was a package there waiting for me.  I haven’t been purchasing a ton on ebay recently, so I knew what it had to be.  Or, at least, what it should be.  And, what it should be is a lovely lifetimer corkscrew in its original box with instructions.  What it was, however, was a lifetimer corkscrew with instructions, and a large flat torn and thrashed box. 

Apparently, after charging me 7.00$ for priority shipping, the seller decided to send the package via DHL and simply threw it into a shipping pack.  No bubble wrap, no newspaper, none of that little styrofoam popcorn/peanuts that are readily available.  No, it was just the box and nothing but the box in there.  And, it is destroyed.  Of course, the ironic part of all this is that part of the 7.00 was for handling.  One would assume handling means more than shoving the item into a bag.

I have sent the seller an email saying that the box is no longer a box, as much as it is a green piece of flattened cardboard with some writing on it.  I will update the blog if they respond with an explanation, refund, or some other offering of condolences of the unfortunate loss of original packaging.

For all those sellers out there… I say, "say it with love, say it with bubble wrap."



Prototype Corkscrew

Well, I have finally done it.  After years of hunting, searching, ebaying, and generally begging for antique corkscrews, I have finally found a RARE piece that is worth talking about.  Actually, I have many rare pieces, but this is something which I am sure is unique, if not one of a kind–and no, it isn’t one of those insane vine handled corkscrews.

I have poured over every book and looked at every corkscrew website, and cannot find another like it.  So, I am pretty sure this is the real deal.  However, I would not mind if someone could fill me in otherwise.  I also do not doubt that there will be a substantial offer from Chris Bristow once he reads this.

So, what did I find?  A Lead Handled Williamson Corkscrew; not the normal shape, but instead the exact shape of the wooden ones we often find.  I believe that this is a prototype or served as the quality control the manufacturer would use to check their lathes.  So, with a hearty "EUREKA," grab your micrometers and calipers and see if this measures up.

On the other hand, it could simply be someones "shop project" gone horribly awry…