On the local front, I received an email from someone who claims to have many syroco corkscrews and is interested in selling. We can only hope!!!
Well, this last week, I saw three openers (one with a corkscrew) that had a similar shape. I figured, I would snag another Browne patent (the picture wasn’t very clear, but it looked similar) and I would use it as trade bait.
The openers arrived yesterday, and I got was an interesting surprise. It is indeed a Browne patent, but instead is William Browne’s patent number 654,089 and is marked, albeit faintly with, "PAT 8-16-98", and "6-26 & 7-17-1900." Check the pictures below, and then O’Leary page 112!
This one will be staying in the collection!
And the feeling’s right
Oh yes it’s ladies night
Oh what a Knight (oh what a Knight)!
Another Knight was listed on eBay last night, and I was wondering where this one will end up; $ 2000, $3000? the last one was lower than I had expected…but still was a healthy sum. Or, unhealthy as the case may be.
Given the collectibility and price of this hard to find corkscrew, I believe I have come up with an alternative. All you need is an odd helix with bell assist, a little crazy glue, and a 1968 Marx Sir Gordon action figure (it is really a doll, but people apparently feel better saying their son isn’t playing with dolls). The likeness is remarkable!
We officially have garage doors today! Whooohooo…progress is being made on the construction job! I will take pictures of those too!
The T-Giving feast last night was fantastic, and was topped off with the lovely uncorking a Rosenblum Rockpile Zinfandel (with a henshall corkscrew).
We are heading to Maine tomorrow for a brief visit to our place up there. Perhaps a corkscrew or two will be found along the way…or along the way back.
And, the rest of today will be spent shopping for tomorrow’s feast. Thus far, we have only planned on having the two of us for Thanksgiving, but you never know who may simply show up at Chez L’Africain (if you are showing up, could you call first) here is the proposed menu:
Assorted Cheeses with (homemade) Rosemary and Sea-Salt Crackers
Mixed Greens with Tangy Mustard Vinaigrette
Brussel Sprouts, Braised with Pancetta, Shallots, Thyme and Lemon
Scallops with Tarragon Cream
Bourbon-Walnut Sweet Potato Mash
and 23 bottles of Zinfandel (okay, maybe only 3)
I placed a fairly substantial snipe and hoped for the best.
The lovely and I went out for a walk with the dog. After our brisk jaunt, I started to make dinner. While I was cooking, I wondered what had happened with the auction, but refrained from checking. And, then this morning the confirmation email came in. WOOHOOOOO!!!!! Finally… a Marshall Neal patent corkscrew will be added to the collection!
She said she had a couple at home, and did I have a card. Well, as luck would have it, I had one of my business cards on me (it has a picture of a bennit patent on it) and she promised to bring in a couple of corkscrews for me. Then she looked closely at the card, and remarked that she had the very same corkscrew sitting in her kitchen drawer… (interesting, I thought)
I happened to have some spare time after class today, and headed back down to the mall. Her space was closed, but a fellow dealer recognized me, and said she did bring in the corkscrews for me. He unlocked the door, and we entered the space. I looked at the shelf, and there was a common wooden piece sitting there. I picked it up, mildly disappointed, and then saw another helix hidden behind a picture frame. "It looks like a DICO," I thought…, and then the dealer handed it to me. It was a DICO!
I walked away with both, for a very very very fair price. And, he asked if she should bring her others. I emphatically said, "YES!"
I can hardly wait!