good condition????

after discussing topics of final papers tonight with my students, I headed back to the temporary house opened some wine, and spent a few minutes perusing ebay. Glancing at the lastest offerings, I saw an interesting listing that is clearly a goodyear patent roundlet. Well, maybe it isnt "clearly" a goodyear patent corkscrew, but at close examination it is the 1851 piece.

The picture doesn’t show the whole corkscrew, so I clicked on the link a examined the other photos. There is only half of the corkscrew, and only half of the handle. And, while I appreciate that the seller may have no idea, he describes the piece as in "good condition."

the corkscrew is broken in half, and half the handle is missing…how is there anything good about that????????


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