charles street

There is this little antique shop in Boston on Charles Street that I have visited a couple of times.  He always has corkscrews, and generally they are priced pretty high, but fair…
 
We went out house hunting today, and stopped for lunch on Charles Street, and as I walked towards the antique store I couldn’t help but go in.  Of course I couldn’t, for in the window the owner has placed a sign with an antique corkscrew next to it which reads, " 200 antique corkscrews in stock."
 
I hopped down the stairs, and found the corkscrews.  He said he would bring each box out for me to look at, and I was eyeing a Theiry and Crosselmire patent…but decided to pass.  A fair price, and it was marked Sterling.  As I got to the last 2 boxes (there were 9 of them) I found a thomason; Nice full helix, missing a brush, and a partial badge.    Ordinarily, I would have figured this would still have a hefty price tag, say about 150 or so.  But, it didn’t!
 
The mechanism works well, the worm is sharp, but it could stand a replacement handle…(perhaps I should call Borrett’s Corkscrew Handle’s Inc.).
 
So, I guess the owner will need to either bring another corkscrew in, or change the sign to read 199 antique corkscrews in stock, as I paid the 50 bucks and headed out for another adventure.
 
Off to the Red Sox game tonight.  They are playing the Oakland A’s, who I will silently be rooting for!
 
 

notes from Brimfield

I found myself in Brimfield on Thursday morning.  It was my first time, and the excitement was building as the tents in the distance came into sight. 
 
I parked the car, grabbed the money clip and digital camera, and started to walk.  And, at the very first tent, there were no corkscrews but a neat Phoenix Brewing opener…either a B-5 or B-2…that is opener talk…
 
I picked it up, paid the 10 bucks and headed to the next tent.  Several common corkscrews, and then a unmarked ivory handled rack and pinion, a silver embellished horn, a thomason, many over priced items, and a few others.  Then after picking up a little anri corkscrew with the label still attached for another 10 dollars.  The woman/seller said, you are the first person to ask for corkscrews this show.  I was kind of thrilled at hearing that…could it be that I was the only collector there?  And, I turn the corner and see a corkscrew.  And another corkscrew, an entire booth of corkscrews.  I looked down, and then up, and there sat Andre Burgos! 
 
We had never met in person, but had exchanged corkscrews, emails, and information for the last couple years.  He shared with me what he had found (silver picnic, curley) and told me that Barry Taylor was at the show as well.  I never bumped into him, but did manage to find half a dozen corkscrews worth buying.
 
The show was relatively small.  I believe that is because it was thursday and raining.  I am sure as the weekend progresses it will be increasingly larger.  I was thinking about going back on Sunday, but will probably opt for another area to hunt around.
 
So…no rarities, no dickson patent, no syrocos, no griswalds, but it was a fun adventure and a great way to spend a morning/afternoon.
 
 
 
 

while in cambria

I almost forgot, while we were in Cambria we took a drive up the coast to have lunch in Big Sur…and promptly headed into Carmel.  Somewhere along the drive, I had remembered that "the Corkscrew Cafe" was in that area, and wondered if we would happen by it.
 
And, as I mentioned that to the lovely, there it was.  We pulled over, and walked to the door.  Closed!  We went around back to the Georis tasting room, and suddenly I eyed a helix some 40 feet away.  I headed to a small case that had 20 or so corkscrews, one of which was a Samuel Pemberton silver picnic.  I passed on the SP, but bumped into the owner who asked if I wanted a private tour of the collection.
 
We went into the restaurant, and I saw his corkscrew collection.  Great stuff!, and a couple I have never seen in any publication!
 
I thanked him profusely, and as we were walking out he grabbed one of his corkscrew lithographed plates from the restaurant and handed it to me.  A lovely parting gift!
 
Having taken the tour, and reluntantly leaving the Samuel Pemberton, we jumped back in the convertible and sped off.
 

Talking about updating the past week’s events

 

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updating the past week’s events

Okay… I have been remiss, so I will try and catch you all up in a brief entry:
 
Before we actually arrived in Cambria, the lovely received a phone call requesting a lunch with the president of her company.  I went antiquing in pasadena as she did this, and found a neat whisky corker which unscrews to reveal a corkscrew!  I was quite pleased with my find, and was ready to share my treasure upon returning to the hotel, when I saw the lovely who trumped my corkscrew find with a new job as Vice President of Merchandising and a transfer from Chicago to Boston!
 
So…we hit the road in our little convertible heading to Cambria and discussing this next adventure in our lives…selling our home in Chicago, possibly transferring schools for me, and where in Boston we want to live.
 
The vacation home was fantastic, and we wished we would never have to leave.  Great wines, a few sea otters, elephant seals, and just hanging out on the balcony overlooking the ocean every day was fantastic…
 
On the last night at Cambria, I came down with a fever…and a headache.  It lasted thru our return to Chicago on Sunday.  So, Monday I went to the doctor, and promptly was admitted to the emergency room.  Several tests later (CT scan, spinal tap) I was deemed healthy with only a viral thing that will go away.  6 hours in the emergency room, and those tests specifically had us very worried of what it could have been…and very relieved when they said that I was fine and could go home.
 
And, I am okay.  I am taking lots of advil and heading to Brimfield in the morning for a day of hunting before we head to Boston and look for houses.
 
Quite the eventful 10 days, and hopefully tomorrow, corkscrews will be added to the events.
 
I will provide more info upon my return…
 
 

updating the past week’s events

Okay… I have been remiss, so I will try and catch you all up in a brief entry:
 
Before we actually arrived in Cambria, the lovely received a phone call requesting a lunch with the president of her company.  I went antiquing in pasadena as she did this, and found a neat whisky corker which unscrews to reveal a corkscrew!  I was quite pleased with my find, and was ready to share my treasure upon returning to the hotel, when I saw the lovely who trumped my corkscrew find with a new job as Vice President of Merchandising and a transfer from Chicago to Boston!
 
So…we hit the road in our little convertible heading to Cambria and discussing this next adventure in our lives…selling our home in Chicago, possibly transferring schools for me, and where in Boston we want to live.
 
The vacation home was fantastic, and we wished we would never have to leave.  Great wines, a few sea otters, elephant seals, and just hanging out on the balcony overlooking the ocean every day was fantastic…
 
On the last night at Cambria, I came down with a fever…and a headache.  It lasted thru our return to Chicago on Sunday.  So, Monday I went to the doctor, and promptly was admitted to the emergency room.  Several tests later (CT scan, spinal tap) I was deemed healthy with only a viral thing that will go away.  6 hours in the emergency room, and those tests specifically had us very worried of what it could have been…and very relieved when they said, I that I was fine and could go home.
 
And, I am okay.  I am taking lots of advil and heading to Brimfield in the morning for a day of hunting before we head to Boston and look for houses.
 
Quite the eventful 10 days, and hopefully tomorrow, corkscrews will be added to the events.
 
I will provide more info upon my return…