Definitely Not my favorite

Every once in a while, an item that is thought to be rare or unusual and looks like it could be corkscrew, is advertised as a rare corkscrew. And, having not seen it before, it garners some attention.

Yesterday, one of these rare corkscrew imposters was listed on eBay as “DATED-1880-Corkscrew-Cork-Pull-Screw-Wooden-Handle-Vtg-Old-Antique-RARE-COLLECT.”

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And, the piece does indeed have a patent date. However, if one was to simply do a google patent search, you would find out that this is NOT a corkscrew, cork puller, or a “Corkscrew-Cork-Pull-Screw-Wooden-Handle-Vtg-Old-Antique-RARE-COLLECT.”

What it is, is Spencer C Cary’s July 27, 1880 patent for a “Clothes Hook.” In fact, if one was to use google patents, and search July 27, 1880 it is the very first patent that comes up.

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Given this bit of information, as I too wondered what it really was, I messaged the seller that what he was selling wasn’t a corkscrew at all, and provided him with a link to google patents.

He responded by explaining that he would revise the listing. Of course, his revision only says it is an unknown piece. I followed up with telling him, that given that we have established that the item is NOT a corkscrew, that he should end the listing and re-list with an appropriate title and description.

The “Corkscrew-Cork-Pull-Screw-Wooden-Handle-Vtg-Old-Antique-RARE-COLLECT” remains, and it has 13 bids at this moment.

Perhaps the bidders recognize that it is a Clothes Hook, and are bidding for that reason. Still, would it not be better to provide the appropriate information?

In the past I have blogged about not having a buyer beware attitude, but instead making an informed buying approach.

So, if you are in the market for a 1880’s clothes hook, by all means bid away.

If you are hoping to acquire a 1880’s patented corkscrew look elsewhere.