Still, waiting on the Barnes, but it finally stopped snowing…

While there will still be more snow to come, it has been a nice (really cold) few days of blue skies. And, even though the high is only 17 degrees, seeing the sun rather than gray with snow falling heavily, is a welcome sight,

The antique lot with the Barnes has yet to arrive, but the postal folk, did confirm that it is on its way.

In the mean time, I have been shoveling, shoveling, shoveling, shoveling, and then shoveling.

I did manage to pick up another R. Murphy direct pull on eBay. I surely already have this, as there is an entire drawer full or Murphys in the corkscrew case, but I simply can’t help myself.

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And, what if it is a little different. I mean, you gotta take a chance every once in a while.

Speaking of, this weekend there was an auction that included two corkscrew lots. One, had five corkscrews, and it was pretty well broadcast all over the Internet. And, I happened to be in attendance at the auction. With multiple online bidders, and one phone bidder, it went from a 250 opening to 1300 in a minute and a half. The phone bidder was next, and in the end, they got the lot. I did bid, but after seeing the condition of the pieces, decided against going any higher–for those wondering the bottom of the sheath on the perfume corkscrew was split.

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The second lot, I did take a chance on. This was actually a Cartier display for a store. And within the display was a cartier corkscrew, but corkscrew wasn’t mentioned in the listing. Perhaps, there is a chance here. But, given that I had to head back to the boat, and the lot wouldn’t come up for some time, I placed an absentee bid on my way out.

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Not even close.

The Cartier lot went for 1500. A fair bit above my paltry bid–and my willingness to go an extra increment higher.

Oh well…

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