On our way back from Vermont…

Vermont was beautiful, with the colors still vibrant. Past the peak, but still yellows, reds, and oranges dotted the hillsides. And, the house we rented was nicely situated on Lake Champlain—there were no lake trout caught. Not for a lack of trying…

There were, however, a few antiquing adventures and some wonderful times spent with the lovely bride and a few friends.

On one of the days, we headed to Waterbury, where in February of this year, we came across the PAT. APPLD. FOR can opener and corkscrew, which has subsequently identified as an 1874 Daniel Barnes patent. And, if there was one corkscrew several months back, why not retrace our steps and see what else turned up

There were a couple of corkscrews found. This was followed by trip to “Cork,” the wine bar that sits across the street.

While we did manage to pick up three corkscrews that first day of antiquing, and a couple of others the following day, it was yesterday on our way back from Vermont that I had a feeling that something interesting would be found.

After hitting several shops/malls on our way from VT to MA—where we are staying for a couple of days–no corkscrews of note were to be found. And, in one particular shop, I opened 13 Fray patent multi-tool handles (and one’s similar to the Fray) hoping that a corkscrew would be hiding in the wooden handle.


So, we started along our way, and noticing the time, realized that stopping for leisurely hunting in antique shops was going to have to wait until the next trip.


Yes, there is always a big however.

However, after traveling a couple of hours, we turned a corner and I saw an antique mall, and we agreed that we had enough time to make a quick stop.

I headed in, and within the first booth found 5 corkscrews. All simple Cloughs, and one wooden T with a price tag of 35 bucks. If that was going to be the price on a common corkscrew, things were not looking promising.

After a few more booths, I saw some can openers, a Williamson, and another simple T. Then, in a coffee cup sitting on a shelf, I saw what looked like the handle of a can opener. No corkscrew was visible, just the handle.

I reached for it, expecting it to be some random opener.

Instead of a common can opener, I pulled out a corkscrew that caused my heart to skip a beat.

While I recognized the corkscrew, and have one being sent to me for my inspection and potential purchase, I couldn’t believe it was here, in my hands, with a price tag of 15 dollars.

Holding it firmly in my grasp, I continued to hunt for others. Although, the excitement of finding this particular corkscrew probably clouded my ability to ferret out others.

Note to self, go back to this shop!!!

Finding no other corkscrews (worth buying) in the rest of the shop, I headed to the register, plunked down a 20 and waited for the change.

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Yes, while my most recent entry mentions a Jopson patent which will be awaiting our arrival back home, it seems that there will now be two Jopsons in the collection. Unless, of course, someone would like to make a trade : )

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