The clock struck 6 am, and we were off! I meandered the aisle, and managed to find an interesting advertising pocket knife with corkscrew. The ad is for S. Piana, 63 BAXTER ST. NEW YORK (and is adorned with grapes). The other side also has grapes, but also an image of a bottle, under which is written IMPORTER WHOLESALER WINES LIQUORS. A neat first find of the day!
After walking around a while longer, and finding some simple direct pulls, I ran across a dealer with a Delavigne French single lever corkscrew. Unmarked, and painted green, the corkscrew was in pretty good shape regardless. The asking price was high, and I made an offer anyway. He looked at me rather insulted, and said, ‘well, you are close to what I paid for it.’ We laughed, and he put it back in the case. Oh well, surely there is a great find out there for a great price : )
As I finished my appointed rounds, I ran into another dealer who had even more mechanical anri bottle stoppers. I made an offer, and picked up 5 more. And, these ones are pretty fabulous. Definitely heading for eBay.
After breakfast, and wandering around for a while, it was nearing time to hit the next field. Tommy, Barry, and I headed for the gate, and soon enough the doors opened. I took off, and headed left–which is my usual route.
I zipped from booth to booth, asking for corkscrews, looking for corkscrews, and hoping for corkscrews. Then, about halfway down row 3, I entered a booth and saw a wooden handle and a brush. I quickly grabbed the piece, and picked it up. It looked to be complete, and while I recognized the mechanism, I thought Kummer, wasn’t quite sure. It didn’t matter, I told the dealer, "I will buy it." And, after agreeing to pay the whopping 15 dollar asking price (and handing over the money) tucked the piece inside my jacket, and headed off to the next booth.
Robert, had just texted me to ask if I had found anything, and I quickly called him back. After a little phone tag, and then emailing him a photo from my Iphone, Robert was back on the phone confirming that it was indeed the 1880 Kummer patent. Right about this time, I ran to Barry and Tommy who also shared the same information.
Definitely the find of the day, and possibly the week. I mean, what if something tops it tomorrow. I can only hope!!!
So, here are the finds for the week. The first photo is the finds from yesterday. The second, the finds from today (minus all the Anri).
More hunting tomorrow!!!!