‘nother McBride

Years ago, I was lucky enough to find a McBride patent corkscrew for a very low price. And, despite the (early) repeated trade offers from Peter–which I believe was fueled by a pint or two–the corkscrew remained in my collection.

Peter has long since acquired several variations of the McBride, and stopped asking for mine some time ago.

That said, while I have found a couple of McBride’s that were identical to the one that I originally picked up, I have long wanted to add a few of the other variations of the McBride patent.

As fortune would have it, another McBride is heading my way.

Two down, several other McBrides to go. The hunt will continues!

August Holland-Cunz

The other day, I managed to find this little corkscrew online with quite the fuzzy photo. And, it was described as being marked KLONE–knowing that it is also marked DRGM, I grabbed Ferd’s book on German Registrations, and set about hunting the KLONE down.

With a blurry photo, not knowing that if the worm was sharp or not, nor who the hell KLONE was, I took a chance and bought the corkscrew.

After doing a little online hunt, and going through each page of Ferd’s book, I managed to find the corkscrew. It is August Holland-Cunz 1932 German registration # 1216884. And, it isn’t marked KLONE, it is marked KRONE.

At least that is what Ferd’s book says, it is entirely possible that the corkscrew manufacturers made a typo

Well, the corkscrew arrived today, and it does indeed have a sharp helix, it is indeed marked DRGM

and KRONE (spelled correctly) but hard to read from the finish loss

, and it is pretty cool little corkscrew.

A nice addition to the growing German corkscrew collection.

Note to self: spend more time reading Ferd’s books!!!

back on the island

The lovely bride and I left for the mainland yesterday to attend a conference in Augusta. The conference was focused on community economic development and historical preservation, and definitely had some good information put forth.

When I got back to the island today, I visited the post office box and found a package waiting. The Syroco Indian mentioned the other day arrived, and he is pretty fabulous. There is some finish loss on his back, and on his base, but overall pretty darn nice.

And, of course there was a great Curley patent that ended today on eBay. And, as has become tradition, I was the underbidder. Yes, Fotodeal struck again, and another American patent is heading to Romania.

Back to the Syroco Indian. This guy is a double for me, so if any of you corkscrew collectors out there are interested in trading for him, let me know.

a little heavy lifting

Okay… I would rather be mentioning the great corkscrew that I just found, but no such luck.

However, I did have an interesting encounter today. The interesting part about it, is that it isn’t that unusual in my day to day life here on the island.

So, I am walking down the street, and suddenly someone whom I have never really met, makes eye contact with me, and proceeds to ask if I wouldn’t mind helping them move a heavy piece of furniture.

I say, "of course I don’t mind," and proceed to help them move the dresser into their building, then up a flight of stairs, and through their place until we have it near its final destination.

We then introduce ourselves to each other, he says thanks, and I am soon on my way.

Now… what is the big deal you ask? Well, this happens often. And I mean OFTEN!

For example, not so long ago, I was walking down the street with the lovely bride, and someone came up to me, and, "so how are you feeling today."

"Good," I replied.

To which the fellow responded. "Well then, can you help me load this into the back of my truck."

And, of course… I did.

Granite sculptures being moved from an artist’s studio into the gallery. Said granite sculptures being moved back to the studio, furniture, treadmills, granite pavers, weights & bench down a couple of flights of stairs, multiple tables, a pallet wine and beer into the wine shop, it is really quite the phenomenon.

Perhaps this is a result of being relatively new to the island. Maybe once you have lived here for a couple of years, the know better than to ask, as your back has long since given out.

a corkscrew and vault contest

As mentioned a while back, we completed the front half of the building renovation last month. And, Island Spirits (a wine shop) opened inside on May 7th.

And, while I will finish up the renovations on the back half of the building in the coming weeks, I figured I would put together a little contest.

Inside the building, when we first acquired it, was a bank vault made out of brick and mortar with a steel insert. The vault itself was 10 feet by 10 feet, 9 feet tall. There were multiple layers of brick (4 actually), 9 pieces of railroad track, and 3/4 inch thick steel that made up the insert.

And, over several months, the vault was dismantled. First with a sledgehammer, jackhammer, then a torch.

So… here is the contest. We have figured out the weight of all the materials that made up the vault. Whomever guesses closest to the actual amount, gets an antique corkscrew!

Feel free to submit your guesses via email, or through the comment section below.

The prize? Well, I haven’t quite decided yet, but it will be a corkscrew of some age!