As we are closing in on the halfway mark of the year–which in itself is a little hard to believe–I was going through the corkscrew case, and started looking at what might be the Best 6 thus far.
For me, when I select my Best 6, is isn’t always the most valuable, or even the most scarce. Often it pertains to those that have the most appropriateness of fit in the collection. And, given the focus on those corkscrews patented in the United States of those that find their origins in the United States, an unusual Curley may make the list over an interesting Thomason for example.
That said, there have been several acquisitions that would definitely make the list, had I not already had an example; Tucker, Barnes bow without cutters, Frary with Hercules frame, for example…
Still, given that these (most likely) won’t be staying in the collection, they (most likely) won’t be making the list.
So, at this point, I am thinking the following are the Best 5 thus far.
And, I have no doubt some of these will indeed make the list by the end of the corkscrew-collecting-fiscal-year. Of course, I have no doubt there will be still others added over the next 6+ months that will make the decision that much harder (or easier).
1.Over Sized Walker Bell
2.Nickel-plated Frary with decorative handle and spike
4.Vise-O-Lift (no surprise here)
5.Curley with embossed handle
We are still early in the year, with much hunting to be done. And, who knows what will show up in Spain and Romania at the AGMs? Or, what will turn up on my next trip to the mainland. Or, Brimfield. Or Union, Or, Montsweag, or….