An auction was held today in the UK which featured several corkscrews in one lot. And, I had been hemming and hawing over how much to bid on the collection, as one particular piece intrigued me.
I thumbed through books, and failed to find a reference for it. So, I figured I would contact the auction house and see if they had any further information. As it happens, when the condition report came back, the auction-person explained that two of the pieces were marked and the mystery cork puller was marked Gooding…
I had thumbed through Fletcher Wallis’ book, but saw nothing that looked like it. And, then I proceeded to look at a document that was circulated prior to the London ICCA meeting, which had British patents and registrations pictured—still nothing.
Thinking that Wally surely would have the piece in his book, I went to the index and found a reference for Gooding on page 290.
It seems our man Gooding was awarded a provisional patent for his improved cork-drawer in 1871. Still, there was no picture in Wally’s book, but there was a line drawing.
I emailed the auction house, and put in a bid; a fairly healthy one at that. However, given that I have yet to hear from the auction house, I am going to assume that my bid was too low.
Still, it is a fantastic looking corkscrew, and one that I would love to have in my collection. Again, assuming that I was outbid, congrats to whomever got it. It looks to be truly remarkable.
And, not that I am obsessed about this or anything, but whilst trying to unearth information about the cork-drawer, I did run across this:
And, here is the lot. Oh, the ones that get away….