The lovely bride and I did manage to hit a couple of antique stores on our way back up the coast our last day in California. And, we did find a couple of corkscrews. However, we chose to leave them behind.
And, after the red-eye back to Maine, we meandered up the coast and hopped on the boat back to the island. Upon arriving at the post office box, there were two packages waiting. One belongs to Webby, and I will be forwarding that to him tomorrow. The other is a lovely little picnic that I picked up on a non-eBay site. The pictures were pretty poor, but I figured I should take a chance.
After opening up the box, and unwrapping the corkscrew–which was oddly encased in rubber thimbles???–I was pleased that I took that chance!
I haven’t found a signature yet, but the sheath on this little guy makes me think 18th century. However, if anyone has ideas as to origins and age, feel free to drop a line