So yesterday on Facebook, an antique dealer mentioned his website and made reference to a miniature folding bow corkscrew that he had for sale. And, given that you never know what other corkscrews someone might have for sale, I visited his site.
Lots of corkscrews, but many of them a bit out of reach as far as price–a Heeley double lever is priced at $ 300.00. And, many of them more-or-less of the common variety–and those are priced a little more reasonably; a Syroco Waiter for $ 59.00 for example.
I went through the 138 pictures of corkscrews, and then happened upon the prong pullers. And, there it was, something that I would happily snap up at the price he was asking. And, I didn’t even email to haggle with him, I wanted to simply complete the purchase, figuring others might be perusing the same site.
Now, this technically is a double, but it was still lower priced than what I had to fork over when I got my first example on eBay five years ago, and it was seriously lower than what one recently sold for on the recent ICCAuction, with a bidding war that ended with fotodeal taking the cork puller out of the clutches of the desirous underbidders.
The prong puller I acquired in 2008 made my best 6 for that year.
But, still, it is a double…perhaps I should look into a possible trade… IH? DB? RL? TC? JM? Feel free to send pictures of tradebait for the Converse-like prongs with sheath; marked PATENT APPLIED FOR on the prongs : )