This morning, we had a little later start (not much later) than yesterday, and after grabbing our requisite cups of coffee, Barry and I were headed towards Brimfield again. Engaged in lively conversation, we missed our exit however, and had to take the long way around (through Sturbridge) to get to our final destination.
Still, we managed to pull into the parking area, just as the first field opened, and were on the hunt in short order. After a couple of booths, nothing had turned up, and then in the next, sat a carved corozo nut. With an asking price of 22 dollars, I pulled out a 20, and the deal was done.
Not a bad start to the morning.
I meandered around a bit, saw a few t-pulls. Then I picked up another little horsey head sheath corkscrew. It was priced fairly, and why not add another.
But, that was pretty much it for the first field–although, when we caught up, Barry managed to pick up a handsome Humason and Beckley with their CASTSTEEL marking.
After yet another cup of coffee, it was about time for the next field to open. And, Barry explained that he would take my usual route, and I opted to head towards the back of the field and work towards the front.
In the first booth, nothing. Second booth, a little bullet sheath and a nice hammer corkscrew.
Nothing rare, but still nice to find.
As I was going booth to booth, someone called over to me. “Hey corkscrew guy!” I turned, and there was a fellow rifling through his backpack to give me something. “I picked this up for you.” And, out he pulled a Converse (missing its sheath).
I explained what it was, and that I really didn’t need another, but figured, why not reward him for his efforts, and handed over a 10 dollar bill.
You have to appreciate the fact that is looking for corkscrews, and moreover, that he thought enough to bring it with him to the show figuring that we would cross paths. Who knows what he might turn up next time : )
Speaking of, there is a Sterling dealer that sells at Brimfield, and we have been doing business for years. And, while there are times that they hold Sterling roundlets for me, in anticipation of my tri-annual question, “do you have any corkscrews this time,” this time they didn’t have any Sterling roundlets. Instead they had a nice tusk with a sterling cuff, and an interesting helix.
Mid-way up the helix, is a little decoration. It wouldn’t serve much purpose, but it does add the the character of the corkscrew. Also, the Sterling cuff is marked May 21st, 1896. With a little convincing, they lowered the price to make it a fair price.
Having exhausted that part of the field, I headed the other direction where I ran into a nice little Anri guy with corkscrew head, and a body that separates to reveal some drinking cups.
Tucking away my treasures, the hunt continued, but with little available worth buying.
After a bit of lunch, Barry and I met up to discuss what had been found thus far. Andre joined us briefly, and soon enough it was time to do the annual Hertan’s dance.
Hertan’s is a field that opens at noon on Wednesday at Brimfield. However, there are no sales allowed prior to the clock striking 12. And, seller’s aren’t really supposed to display their wares until the clock striking 12. So, there is a lot of walking around, with potential buyers poking their head in tents, or small openings in tents, or around the corner, where the exchange goes something like this:
“Do you have any antique corkscrews?
“Cork Screws, do you have any.”
This is met with a bewildered look.
” I am looking for CORK SCREWS…you know…to open wine.”
This generally followed my some pantomimed uncorking gesture.
At which point they nod, and say, “oh, CORK SCREWS. Not, not this time.”
And, this little conversation takes place multiple times. And, you will hear people asking for fountain pens, hooked rugs, antique fireworks, mahjong, and a new one for me this year, “Do you have any drinking glasses with little rockets on them?”
I wonder how successful that fellow was today.
That said, over the course of about an hour at Hertan’s, you do get go find out who has what, and hope that you can position yourself for when they ring the bell, that you can get to the appropriate booths that have, or at least say they have your desired item.
So, as I was going through this process, I happened up on a booth where I didn’t need to ask the question. This person simply had the stuff out on the table, and amongst his treasures was an Anheueser-Busch knife with corkscrew. The price was a bit high, and given that I couldn’t buy it until the bell rang, I asked him about it.
Soon enough, he explained that it still had its stanhope, and that definitely got me interested.
With 5 minutes to go, I was about to check out the next couple of booths, when the bell rang early. 11:55 the bell went off. By 11:55:30 a deal was negotiated and completed for the knife.
From there I zigzagged from booth to booth finding little. And, having exhausted the field, I headed to the final aisle. Stopping in the last couple of booths, I found an Anri bar set in rather rough shape. It is one of the versions that has the little ballerina on the table, and I figured perhaps someone could use it for missing parts.
At the appointed time, I met up with Barry who was excited about the knife with the Stanhope, and proceeded to show me his finds of the field.
Not a bad day two, and this evening we will be heading to The Student Prince for dinner (in the corkscrew room).
Tomorrow is Mays’ field, and then the road trip home. If any corkscrews are found tomorrow, I will report back here.