I am pretty sure the box once contained multiple Greeleys, and perhaps this will require me to pick up another nine or so…
In conversation with the person selling, he explained the story told to him by the daughter of the previous (and original) Syroco Indian owner.
Apparently the woman’s father had brought it home new in the 50’s, and he promptly set it atop his bar. And, there it sat for the next 50 years, only being removed to be dusted. It was never used!
After her father’s passing, it still sat there until they decided to have an estate sale. Where upon the perfect Indian made it into another person’s hands, who promptly emailed me.
A truly fantastic Syroco corkscrew!
Well, I finally have picked one up, and it is a dandy. While it doesn’t carry advertising, it is marked around the little clasp PAT. PENDING and MODERN B.
A nice addition, and one that will stay in the collection. And, it even has lead in it. It works!
Of course I am interested!
I emailed back, and he has since sent photos. We have yet to work out the details, but it looks as though another Chief will soon be joining the Syroco Reservation!
It does seem that every show, there is one really nice piece. And, while it was my turn to find it in May (the 1880 Kummer), it was Barry’s turn to find it in July. Who will make the big find in September, we shall see in a few months.
That said, we did pick up a nice Bennit after Brimfield. Not a corkscrew, but a new corkscrew-hunting-canine-companion named "Bennit."
Dinner with Barry and Marty Taylor tonight, and then…
tomorrow morning it is Brimfield!
Murphy Corkscrews page.
And, tomorrow the lovely and I depart the island, and start heading down for Brimfield.
July is usually a smaller show, but there are always finds to be had. I will update the blog with corkscrew-news as it happens!