2:45 in the morning came pretty early, but after figuring out the hotel room coffee maker, the excitement of Brimfield took over, and by 3:30 I was showered, caffeinated, heading out the door.
I arrived at Brimfield, and there were a few cars lined up waiting for parking. Within a couple of minutes, the lot opened up, I got parked quickly, and with flashlight in hand was heading to the first field.
At my very first stop a purchase was made! A 1933 Thomson Patent wall mount corkscrew. (#1,988,057) It is marked “WHAT CHEER, D.S RIPLY & CO., CLEVLAND, O., USA, NO.2, PAT. PEND. While this isn’t a rare corkscrew, it was one that I didn’t have, so I stuck it in my pocket and headed off to find another booth that might be open in the wee hours of the morning.
As I went from booth to booth, it was getting increasingly light out, and the flashlight was no longer necessary. It was about this time, that I happened upon two roundlets in one woman’s booth who was unwilling to budge on price. I left one roundlet behind, and forked over a whopping 9 dollars for a Goodyear patent!
I was feeling somewhat pleased as how the morning was going thus far, when I turned a corner and looking under some chairs, found two syroco codgers, a syroco waiter, and a syroco laughing man opener sitting together. Knowing that the waiter is often priced in the 100 buck range in some dealer’s booths, and the codger often higher, I simply asked “how much for the openers…” The dealer’s response, “a hundred.”
I hesitated and asked, “for all of them?” Following an answer of “Yes,” I handed him the cash, and grabbed the syrocos!
This was definitely going to be a good day! And, it was only 6 am!!!
That said, there were a couple of nice corkscrews left behind, largely due to their price tag. Still, it was nice to see them sitting in people’s booths.
As the morning progressed, and being fortified with more coffee, I picked up an interesting figural rooster corkscrew, a german roundlet, and a fancy nifty with advertising from Bogota. My next purchase definitely got a few people taking notice–not the corkscrew collectors in attendance–but from dealers and shoppers alike. This has to be the largest tastevin that I have ever seen. It is beautiful, and is definitely the appropriate size for tasting wine, as far as I am concerned (note, the Codger is inside the tastevin to give an idea of size)
I was carrying the tastevin around as I hit booth after booth, and the dealers were quite fascinated and wondering how much wine it would actually hold. I assured them that I would try it out, and report back.
In the last two fields of the day several other corkscrews were picked up, and in between fields, treasures were compared amongst the corkscrewy folk in attendance. KC picked up a Hurley bar screw at the first table he found, Ian got an interesting American piece, and Barry–well, Barry picked up a Wood patent multi tool, a nice metal handled haff, and a really interesting looking multi-tool that none of us had every seen before (I have since found the piece on Screwbase, and will let BT know in the morning).
So… as the day drew to a close, and day one of hunting being over, here is what the Brimfield Booty entails:
Two Syroco Codgers
Syroco Laughing Man opener
Thomson patent wall mount corkscrew
Haff patent with button (which might be heading to RL’s collection)
figural Rooster corkscrew
stag handle direct pull with sterling end
interesting clough corkscrew
carved tusk/bell assist/sterling end
And, one big ass tastevin.