It is that time of year again. As the end of the corkscrew fiscal year nears, it becomes time to cull the list of acquisitions and determine what corkscrews will make the best 6 of the year.
2013 has been a pretty good year for collecting corkscrews–not that every year isn’t–and there have been some definitely treasures unearthed, discovered, traded for, purchased, etc.
And, while others make take a different approach, for me, the best 6 means the best 6 that I have acquired within the calendar year. Still, sometimes those that make the list aren’t necessarily the most valuable, they may be from a maker which I particularly like, they may be a new discovery, or a piece that I have been after for some time. For example, the Perille Coffee Grinder is certainly worth more than the A.W. Stephens cigar perforator, but the Stephens is certainly harder to find, and one that I was thrilled to find whilst traipsing the fields of Brimfield.
So… I have narrowed the list a bit, and I know four that will definitely make the list:
Thus far, it is the Frary with Hammer, Spike, and Hercules Frame, the Dickson patent, the A.W. Stephens patent with cigar perforator, and the very recently arrived 1884 Wilber Woodman patent.
But, what other corkscrews should make the list.
What do you think? Which two should also make the list?
Of course, it is entirely possible that within the next couple of weeks a few more corkscrews might fall into my hands which would make the decision that much more difficult.
For now however, feel free to weigh in!