ultimate garage sale

Tomorrow the lovely bride and I are hoping on the first boat, and then begin driving down the coast to an event that is being billed as “The Ultimate Garage Sale.”

Taking place at the Cumberland Fair Grounds, we will go down and see how ultimate it truly is. Might a corkscrew be found, we will find out.

Of course, if it ends up being a sale of tube-socks, pashminas, and musical wooden frogs, we have discussed alternative plans–antiquing, Montsweag Flea Market, and of course, lunch (which will include a couple of Guinnesses…)

Or is that Guinnei?

If any corkscrews turn up during the adventure, I will report back here tomorrow night–or possibly the next day.

Oh, btw, did you know that it is 91 days since Tommy updated his blog? Hint Hint Hint.

what a difference a day makes…

Or, perhaps more accurately, what a difference a couple of months can make…

The other day, there was a U-Neek (Wilson Brady) patent cork puller ending on eBay. With a couple hours to go, I checked the listing and it was at a few hundred dollars. Knowing that it would ultimately be hitting close to a thousand, I went about making dinner and the like.

However, yesterday morning when I happened to check eBay over my morning coffee(s), I saw that the U-Neek sold for a mere 413$

That is a great price, and should it be re-listed on eBay, it should make a for a nice profit. If one was to have been bidding on the U-Neek that was auctioned a couple of months ago, you would have paid over 1500!!!

What happened to the underbidders from the 1525$ U-Neek? Surely you guys didn’t find another since March? Not that I am complaining, as much as it never ceases to amaze me that a corkscrew will slip through one day while another will get serious attention.

Speaking of attention, Tommy you should probably posting something on your blog. It has been 90 days since your last posting!

On another corkscrew note, there was a nice corkscrew lot listed on a non-eBay auction website two days ago, and after seeing it, I phoned in an absentee bid. The lot itself contained 16 corkscrews and openers that were not that exciting, and one very nice 1886 patented corkscrew that was definitely bid worthy.

I have yet to hear if I ended up being the winning bidder, but if I am, I will report back here…

the E-Z-LIFT corkscrew mystery

At the JFO Meeting in Troy, Michigan a couple of years ago BT and I went in on a collection of openers and corkscrews that included some interesting finds.  And, after securing the deal, we divvied the collection up.

Of the 44 openers and corkscrews we acquired, one until recently has remained somewhat of mystery.

While a simple folding corkscrew, I could find no information about it. I checked the various books, and came up empty. So, I brought it with me to the ICCA meeting in Vermont and showed it around.

After showing it around, a couple of us looked closely at the piece and saw that it was marked E-Z-LIFT, but also A STEWART PRODUCT, MADE IN THE USA

There is no patent information on the piece, and collectively we agreed that the little notch on the corkscrew is would be a perhaps a place where one could use a thumb/finger to release the corkscrew.

I brought the corkscrew back home with me, and figured eventually I would find more information about the odd corkscrew/opener.

The corkscrew was put back in the corkscrew case, and has remained there for sometime.

Recently, I pulled the corkscrew out again, and after looking at it decided to go back to searching. And, after a bit of digging found another A STEWART PRODUCT, MADE IN USA piece, this time with a patent number!

Now, I should explain this patent does not have a corkscrew. Still it does provide some helpful information.

Patent number 2,059,736 was awarded in 1936 to Joseph A. Manarik for his Bottle Cap Remover, and looks little like the E-Z-LIFT, however the opener does also read OTHER PATS. PENDING.

In 1946 Bertram H. Stewart was awarded design patent D145,647 for his DESIGN FOR A JAR AND BOTTLE CAP REMOVER, and a second patent (2,5708,81) filed in 1947, and awarded in 1951 for his PLIER TYPE FRICTION-CAP REMOVER

While this doesn’t completely solve the mystery of the E-Z-LIFT corkscrew, at least we now have a better idea of who made it; Bertram H. Stewart. Still, why not a patent for the corkscrew version?

The mystery remains unsolved…

box of corkscrews arrives

Well, actually it was two boxes…

Yes, two boxes of corkscrews containing 102 corkscrews arrived the other day, and this morning, I unpacked the boxes to see what treasures might be hiding amongst the few grapevines, Williamsons, plastic novelty corkscrews, and the much dreaded salt and peppy salt/pepper shaker corkscrew.

And, there are some interesting corkscrews within the collection. A Blackington Sterling boot corkscrew, a S.H. Co. No 1 Original Package T handle with Blade, a nice tusk with sterling endcap, a bone handled Henshall, and nice M-73 slider with an advertisement for Electro-Chemical Engraving.

All of the 102 corkscrews will be going up for sale, and while there are indeed a fair amount of common corkscrews, there are some good ones as well. And, if you happen to have the coffin guy (Bridgewater patent) that is either missing his top hat, or has a damaged worm, there is one of those too.

Of course if you are in the market for some grapevine, Williamson, novelty, plastic, or salt and peppy salt/pepper shaker corkscrews, let me know…


As mentioned the other day, the lovely bride and I were heading off island to visit a litter of Briard puppies, one of which will end up coming home with us.

They are only 10 days old!





Now, we just have to come up with a corkscrew appropriate name for a male Briard, who ultimately will grow up to look like this.