double helix s. pat corkscrew

This is enroute from England! I have long wanted one of these little guys…

no corkscrews, but plenty of miles davis

So, I am driving down the street (only a couple of blocks literally) and I see a sign for an estate sale. I thought it was one from the weekend left over, but I turned that direction anyway. And, lo and behold, they were having an estate sale on a Tuesday. A TUESDAY??? Well, I walked around, didn’t see anything interesting, and headed to the basement. No corkscrews, but there is a stack of old records. And, I stopped to look. Miles Davis? Another Miles Davis. Wait, another Miles Davis… I decided to take my chance, and picked up 8 assorted LP’s, and headed back home. The estate sale will be going on tomorrow as well, and I may head back and pick up the Stan Getz, Gene Krupa, and various other treasures that were strewn about the basement.

a wayward u-neek and John Legend

Well, it has been a hellish three weeks for a fellow corkscrew collector (who shall remain nameless). As he explained the story to me, I was astonished, heartsick, and felt genuinely bad for him. So, here is what happened. Apparently the collector was looking to have a logo designed for a website, and had decided on his u-neek to be the corkscrew of choice. So, he takes his u-neek, wraps it bubble wrap, throws it in a box, and mails it "certified" through the US postal service to a friend who would be designing the logo. A week goes by, and the u-neek doesn’t show up. And, it was mailed priority!. After talking the postal service, they said it was signed for… However, the collector didn’t insure the item (uh oh!). We talked on the phone, and I assured him, that I had never lost an item that I had mailed, and perhaps it would turn up eventually. Well, this morning I received an email that said, "I GOT THE U-NEEK BACK IN THE MAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I guess, it somehow was returned!!!
On another note, the lovely and I are off to see John Legend!


Tomorrow the CCCC Annual General Meeting begins in Copenhagen. And, as our schedules did not permit attending, we will await pictures of the festivities. Not that we won’t have our own extravaganza here in "the Highlands;" tomorrow we will hop on the green line and head over to Fenway as John Legend will be performing there–definitely a great time!!! Still, I will miss the trades, sales, and interaction with those corkscrewy collectors from all over the world. That all said, we will definitely be attending next year! In the mean time, anyone want to trade? I have an extra Lew patent lying here…

the show, being out sniped, and the lew patent

The Marion Antiques show was quite impressive…not many corkscrews amongst the 70 dealers however. In fact, 69 dealers had no corkscrews. Then, I walked up an aisle and saw a Thomason sitting in a case. I could feel my pace quicken as I got closer, and then I saw who the dealer was. And, knowing that the dealer was well versed in corkscrews, my pace slowed a bit. I still looked at the piece, and it was lovely…but, it was also 2800$! I left the show with no corkscrews, but picked up a couple of pieces at the local antique mall, and talked to the owner of another shop who has several corkscrews and offered to drive them up to "the highlands" this coming week as he will be in our area. How cool is that!
And, last night in the course of one hour, I was out sniped by Peter, out sniped by Tommy, and out sniped by some other screwy collector on a third piece! GRRRRRR!!!!
Today however, Phil-the-mail-carrier, delivered the much awaited lew patent prong puller. It is a great piece, with a perfect finish. It is unsigned, but a cool addition to the collection–although, it will probably end up being traded for something else… Anyone want to offer?