Coffee Grinder

I happened to see this in the closing minutes of an eBay auction. It had a poor description, and an even poorer picture. It arrived yesterday, and I was pleasantly surprised at the shape it is in; a nice coffee grinder corkscrew–unmarked.

I flew in from Boston this morning–by way of Providence–with no delays. I think it is the first time thus far that I haven’t has some sort of wait in the gate or on the tarmack in 6 weeks.

There is a syroco indian just listed on ebay. Already at its reserve, it is a great looking piece. Oh yes, another Strait patent is listed–with an opening bid of 600 bucks.

a new quest

Hi All… me again.
I will be heading to Boston for the weekend, but figured I would post a picture of an opener/corkscrew I am looking for.
I found this head (not a real head) a while back, and I believe that it might have had a corkscrew/opener/corker attached to it at one time.
Do any of my 2 regular readers have one with the appropriate hardware attached.  Could this have been made by one of syrocos competitors?
Any thoughts?


I received my copy of the quarterly worme yesterday, and realized that the CCCC’s Annual General Meeting just happened in Sydney.  As we didn’t get to go, I wonder how everything went.  I assume there will be news on the CCCC web board soon, or at least pictures and stuff in the December Issue of the QW. 
I also noticed the worm was a bit thin, and perhaps I should send something in for publication–perhaps a piece on Syroco.  I know it has been done before, but it might be fun for new members to read.
Best 6’s are coming due for for the CCCC, and I will have to ferret out which ones are my official best 6.  Right now, I am thinking; strait, mumford, barnes bow, curley, david fields silver picnic, and pot turtle with rhinestone eyes…but, perhaps 6 pot turtles would make a better impression.

traveling to Boston and Back…

Well, this commuting back and forth to Boston thing would be great if it wasn’t for the delay on either end of the airport part of it. It has been 5 weeks thus far I have been doing this, and yesterday was another airport fiasco! The lovely was flying to California, and I to Chicago, so we hopped in a cab, and made it to the airport with plenty of time. When we left our place both flights showed ontime. When we arrived at the airport some 10 minutes later, the Chicago flight said "delayed."

No one was there to talk to, so we wandered around, had breakfast, and then went to customer service. "There is a mechanical issue," was the answer. We finished out coffee and assumed they would put me on another flight. Well, it gets to be close to the time for takeoff and I go to talk to the people at the gate. Only passengers who are making connections in Chicago will be given standby status, as all of the other Chicago flights are over sold. And, our 8 o’clock flight will be given an 11:00 decision. This all makes no sense to me, but it is par for the course.

I made a few phone calls, kissed the lovely bride–who managed to get on her flight–and rebooked myself to Washington DC where I could then catch a flight to Chicago. Just before boarding, I checked back with the Chicago flight to see if there had been any changes. At that point, a 1:00 decision was the forecast–I have always wanted to have lunch at Dulles (read sarcasm here).

I did finally make it back to Chicago. Hopped in the Mini, and headed to our place by Wrigley Field–which is for sale if any of you are so inclined.

No corkscrew stories to mention, except that the guy who won my strait patent has yet to contact me, email me, or send payment–3 weeks late (grrrrrrr!). Lots of syroco’s online currently –two clowns, a monk, a knight, and several others. Odd that they turn up all at once…

On the lighter side, below you will see a picture of the glorious view from my plane ride(s) yesterday.

golden knight on eBay

For all those who haven’t noticed there is another golden knight corkscrew on eBay. A small section of paint missing on the back of his shield, it looks like it is in pretty good shape.

It is supposed to snow in Chicago today; looks like the golf season is over. Damn damn damn!

I leave for Boston tomorrow for the weekend, hopefully in between painting and painting, I can get out to an antique mall or two.

remiss in my duties

It was brought to my attention, that I had not added an entry on here in some time. So, here I am!

Much has happened over the last couple of weeks; commuting back and forth to Boston allows for the occasional corkscrew hunt, but our house there is coming together. Hardwood floors were finished last week, and this week I will start working on the bedrooms.

There is an interesting non-corkscrew phenomenon going on on eBay over the last few days. On last thursday the official sequel to JM Barrie’s Peter Pan was released–now many of you would be saying–JM Barrie died a long time ago how did this happen. It seems that the hospital to whom Barrie donated the rights to Peter Pan did a 100 author search and decided on Geraldine McCaughrean. And, finally the book is out "Peter Pan in Scarlet." Now, one would wonder why this would cause a stir on eBay. Well, it seems that there are only 1500 copies that were signed as the first edition; and, these numbered books hit ebay on Thursday with a buy it now of about 19.99 gbp. Today, the same book is listed for 225 gbp. Obviously there will be other printings, but they are just shooting up in price

I know, it isn’t corkscrews, but it is interesting …. Speaking of corkscrews, I lost out on a Nylin patent yesterday. Each one I have had in the past is missing something…this one was complete, and my bid was surpassed quickly. Oh well…