In a recent visit to a New Hampshire collector, there had been some recent additions since my previous visit. One, in particular, caught my eye. It was a somewhat crude casting of a guy with a top hat–with a corkscrew that extends from his back. Don Bull, in his figural book, has this particular character in his section on Kirby (page 189 if you have it handy).
In explaining how he had come by this corkscrew, the NH collector explained that his son had found it at Brimfield this year. And, how did Tommy, Barry, Ken, Andre, John, and the rest of the corkscrew collectors miss this???
He further explained that when it was found, the corkscrew was missing (A HA!). And. with a little visit to the shop (in the garage) he was soon outfitted with an appropriate, albeit a replacement, corkscrew.
While crudely cast, it is still an interesting corkscrew, and one that I had never been able to find out hunting around. Given it was a recent acquisition, I knew that a trade wasn’t going to happen.
As of this evening however, a similar corkscrew will soon be heading into our collection. Just moments ago, a corkscrew that was billed as, “nice collectable chrome corkscrew mr micawber dickens breweriana” was made available on ebay.uk with a buy it now.
Now the BIN was a bit more than I wanted to spend, but given that I haven’t been able to find one previously, I decided to go for it. Something that Mr. Micawber might have advised against.
“My other piece of advice, Copperfield,” said Mr. Micawber, “you know. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and, in short, you are for ever floored. As I am!”
Now, I am not sure if this particular corkscrew is intended to be Mr. Micawber, but he will make a nice addition to the collection.