Okay… so a while back, I manged to get this corkscrew on ebay (big surprise) and after applying a little brass polish revealed a registration number, and sadly a small crack. Still, it was quite unique and I took pictures and sent them off to the corkscrewy minds of the world.
A couple of days ago, I was asked if I would be willing to trade or sell the piece to a collector in the UK. I said, "sure," and awaited his offer. Before his trade bait pictures arrived, CB said he wanted it as well. And, has now invoked a new mantra of ‘Keep it in the Family," referring to a small select group of friends that collect, as opposed to trading it outside this group.
And, then the trade bait arrived. A vicktoria bell, viragengo patent, gamble registration, wolverson roll over, marked mcbride, and a cool looking two column german spring that doesn’t turn up very often. I was supposed to pick one from this grouping, and I only have a mcbride…so, after wiping my drool of the computer, I did what anyone in my position would do. I sent an email asking for advice.
I received some different responses: 1) the choice is simple, ask for the most expensive one, 2) viktoria bell, viranego, mcbride AND the wolverson, and 3) from CB, who said "don’t trade it to him, Keep it in the family."
So…I am in a bit of a dilemma…trade to Chris, trade to this cat in the UK, say I want more… or, what to pick in exchange.