Twigg-less, with a view

Well, apparently sending a corkscrew from the Western side of Canada to the Eastern side of the United States takes a bit longer than anticipated. So, once again, I headed down to the post office, only to find the Twigg had yet to arrive. Oh well, perhaps tomorrow!

On a much more exciting note, as of 10:30 today, we are the proud owners of 65 Atlantic (here on Vinalhaven). A bottle of champagne is chilled down, and we will be heading over shortly!

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back from DC

We made it back!

After a great weekend with 3/4 of the Costa Rica Crew, we hopped on the boat this afternoon and are back on the island.

For all those interested, if all went well, the Twigg will be waiting for me at the post office. So, shortly after 10:00 tomorrow morning, I will head down and see if it has arrived. Photos will be posted tomorrow (hopefully).

We did manage to hit an antique show in Arlington, VA on Sunday and while the big purchases of the day was some antique lighting for the new house (which we close on in two days!), I also managed to find some corkscrews. Nothing outrageous, but the price was right. In fact, one was priced so low, I think it was -2.00 (yes, minus two dollars).

As it happened, I picked up a little old forester bullet roundlet with an asking price of 50.00. In the same booth, I found a little multi-tool opener/corkscrew for 8 dollars. I knew I would buy the multitool regardless of negotiations.

So, I saunter over to the dealer and ask him what is his best price on the bullet. He looks at the piece, then at the price tag, and says 40 bucks. I nodded, and held up the multi-tool for 8. He responded with 40 for the pair!

Really? Yes, really!

The bullet and multi-tool remain in Maryland for the moment, as one of our friends will be driving up to Maine soon, and will be delivering the antique lighting to us. And, as much as I hated to leave them there, I did take pictures.

And, after perusing Don’s Ultimate book, I found the little multi-tool on page 163. His is marked differently, but they are definitely the same.

This one is marked, "ALL IN ONE, MFD BY, GLAZIERS MFG. CORP, CHICAGO"

I have yet to research that company, but will report back when I do find information on the company.

Frarys Arrive, Twigg updates, and the Sacramento leg saga continues

The other day, I had mentioned that there were more Frarys to be added to the collection. They arrived yesterday, and I am quite pleased. While three are technically doubles, the Frary with the open handle and Henshall-like button is a Frary-ation that I didn’t yet have.

It has an interesting button with a little plus sign grip!

There are still other Frarys that I am after, so be sure and send pictures if you have any with which you would like to part!

On to the Twigg… I have been receiving a plethora of emails regarding the Twigg. Keep them coming; I appreciate all the information that has been offered thus far. All I can really say at the moment, is that I don’t have it in my hands yet. In a couple of days, I will post better photos! A very cool find!

And, the Sacramento leg saga continues. The latest posting on the garage sale mishap playing out on craigslist reads as follows:

"corkscrew with legs on it ACCIDENTALLY sold at Estate sale $ REWARD $ (Sacramento)

A corkscrew was accidentally sold at our estate sale approx. 10 days ago. My Aunt sold it for $1…it was not supposed to be sold. It was my mothers has sentimental value. We are offering $100 for it to be returned or we will give you a nice credit towards other items for sale. We are in the process of going through the garage for the upcoming sale and we will give you first choice of the items for sale. There are tools, fishing poles, old pocket knives, lots of golfing stuff, etc. Please call me at (phone number removed)…I am heartbroken that it’s gone!!! A picture of a similar corkscrew is below. THANK YOU!!!!!"

Sacramento Craigslist Leg Saga

The saga continues. As mentioned the other day, a pair of legs were sold at a garage sale mistakenly. Here is the latest CL posting regarding the legs!

******ATTENTION TO THE NICE MAN FROM THIS LAST WEEKENDS SALE WHO BOUGHT A CORKSCREW WITH LEGS ON IT…THE CORKSCREW WAS SOLD BY MISTAKE. IT WAS MY MOTHERS AND HAS SENTIMENTAL VALUE (I USED TO THINK IT WAS A TOY WHEN I WAS A LITTLE KID AND PLAYED WITH IT ALL THE TIME). I HAD PUT IT IN THE ROOM THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE OFF LIMITS BUT SOME OTHER CUSTOMERS HAD GOTTEN INTO THAT ROOM WHEN WE WERE BUSY THE DAY BEFORE AND BY THE TIME THAT I REALIZED IT WAS GONE IT WAS TOO LATE. MY AUNT WAS HELPING US AND MISTAKENLY SOLD IT. PLEASE CALL ME AT (phone number removed) AND WE WILL MAKE IT WORTH YOUR WHILE TO RETURN IT. SHE SOLD IT FOR $1 BUT WE ARE WILLING TO GIVE YOU $50 OR A NICE CREDIT TOWRADS OTHER ITEMS IN RETURN FOR THE CORKSCREW. PLEASE REPLY, CALL US OR COME BY THE HOUSE. I KNOW THIS IS A LONG SHOT, BUT I’M HEARTBROKEN THAT IT’S GONE. HOPEFULLY YOU READ THIS AD. THANK YOU!!!!******* A PICTURE OF A SIMILAR CORKSCREW IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD

A pair of legs for a dollar!!!!! Now, that is a garage sale find!

Frary’s “~Self Extracting Corkscrew”

I have been looking for more Frarys to add to the James D. Frary corkscrew collection, and out of the blue an email arrives with a photo.

After several emails that followed, a deal was worked out for a trade for the entire lot.

While they cost me multiple corkscrews, the Frary "~Self Extracting Corkscrew" is one that I have wanted for some time. And, it is now heading to the island!

The others are doubles, but having extra Frarys to trade with other Frary fans is always a good thing!

The new Frary will be added to the website momentarily. Be sure to check it out! and if you have a Frary corkscrew which you would like to part with, let me know!

what would you do? ?

Floating around craigslist, is an ad posted from a Sacramento resident who is distraught over mistakenly selling a corkscrew to someone at a garage sale. The ad, which has been posted a couple of times reads as follows:

TO THE NICE MAN FROM THIS LAST WEEKENDS ESTATE SALE WHO BOUGHT A CORKSCREW WITH LEGS ON IT…IT WAS SOLD BY MISTAKE. IT WAS MY FATHERS AND HAS SENTIMENTAL VALUE (I USED TO THINK IT WAS A TOY WHEN I WAS A LITTLE KID AND PLAYED WITH IT ALL THE TIME). I HAD PUT IT IN THE ROOM THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE OFF LIMITS BUT SOME OTHER CUSTOMERS HAD GOTTEN INTO THAT ROOM WHEN WE WERE BUSY THE DAY BEFORE AND BY THE TIME I REALIZED IT WAS GONE IT WAS TOO LATE. PLEASE CALL ME AT (phone number removed) AND WE WILL MAKE IT WORTH YOUR WHILE TO RETURN IT. WE ARE BRINGING OUT A LOT OF OLD STUFF FROM THE GARAGE FOR THIS WEEKENDS SALE AND WE WILL LET YOU HAVE FIRST PICK WITH A NICE CREDIT TOWRADS OTHER ITEMS IN RETURN FOR THE CORKSCREW. WE HAVE A LOT MORE KNIVES, SOME OF THEM ARE VERY OLD. I KNOW THIS IS A LONG SHOT BUT I’M REALLY HEARTBROKEN THAT IT’S GONE. HOPEFULLY YOU READ THIS AD. THANK YOU!!!! The picture below is similar to the one that was sold

This ad was followed up by another which reads:

A nice gentleman came to our estate sale this past weekend and my aunt mistakenly sold him my old corkscrew. I am heartbroken that it’s gone and I’m willing to do a lot to get it back. It was my fathers and he passed away in January and I have a lot of memories tied to this old corkscrew. We have a lot of old stuff in the garage including pocket knives and tools that we are willing to trade in return for it. Please call me at (phone number removed) if you are the person that bought this. thank you!!!! Here is a picture of a similar corkscrew but it’s not the same one I had.

Now, assuming that the ad is real, and that there is some poor person who mistakenly sold a pair of legs–probably for a song–should the man that bought them go back? Should the seller simply move on? Does the mystery buyer even read craigslist?

Given that this is going on in Sacramento, CA and I am on the East Coast, I am not the mystery corkscrew man.

But that said, what would you do if you were the leg-man who read this ad? Return the legs for what you paid? Return the legs and play on their sentimental value for a profit? Ignore the ad? Get a good chuckle over someone’s seller’s remorse? Or….?