the good old days

Every once in a while, I run into a long time corkscrew collector who will regale me with stories of the good old days; of days finding Tucker patents for 18 dollars at Brimfield, of having to make several trips back and forth to the car to off load the 100’s of corkscrews found, of hootch owls for a pittance.

While I am sure the good old days were quite good. I believe fantastic finds are still out there. It is the reason we all keep looking. The reason we still get up in the wee hours of the morning to drive countless miles to tiny flea markets and antique fairs that might have a hidden gem or treasure.

And, over the course of the last few months, I would have to say the good old days haven’t passed us by. While it may not be a Tucker for 18 dollars, nor 100’s in one locale, there have been fantastic finds made by several of the usual suspects.

BT finds a woodman’s patent at an antique mall in Lake Placid, NY

Tommy finds a small collection, including a syroco monk and power cone.

I scored the J. Plant two pillar for a song–although, I didn’t actually sing.

And, day before yesterday, Marky Mark found a fantastic chinnock corkscrew in Baltimore. While not marked, it is a dead ringer for the illustration in Ferd’s mechanical corkscrew book, page 78. Some restoration will have to be done to the handle…but, it is awesome! (and pictured below)

These may not be "the good old days…" But, they are pretty close!