Tommy’s Favorite

Yesterday morning, Tommy sent in a couple of photos of his favorite corkscrew.

The email read:

Still my favorite!



The Syroco Tramp is truly one of the hardest Syroco corkscrews to find. They rarely turn up, with only a smattering of examples known. Having heard the story about Tommy’s tramp, it certainly took a lot of diligence and months of waiting, multiple emails, phone calls, and a fairly substantial amount of corkscrew in trade to get it.

I got lucky in finding mine. My Syroco Tramp was found at the bottom of a box of openers at the Kane County Flea market outside of Chicago. It was my regular habit to hit the flea every month, and this particular day, I was making the rounds when I glanced into the box. The tramp was facing down, and all I could make out was the screw part, and the back of his hat. I was excited as I expected it to be the country gentleman or the copperfield.

When I pulled out the tramp, I was thrilled. When they quoted 10 dollars, I couldn’t hand the money over fast enough. And, as I walked towards the next booth, I was almost giddy.

It made my best 6 that year (2004). In fact the entire best 6 were Syroco corkscrews acquired that year.


Anyone else have a favorite to share?

And, still more favorites

Keep them coming!

Paul Wisney sent in photos of his favorite corkscrew, explaining “my favorite corkscrew is a beautiful cut steel pocket corkscrew.”



And, Robert emailed in with his favorite; the Frary “J.Gundlach & Co., San Francisco” corkscrew.


For longtime readers, you know that the Frary Gundlach in our (Robert’s and my respective) collections have been the subject (literally) of trades over the years. Many years ago (in 2007) I struck a deal for one that came out of a collection in Oregon, and Robert coveted it.


So, shortly after receiving it, we made a trade, and I actually don’t remember what I got in exchange.

Not too long after, Robert scored another Gundlach on eBay for a song. And, a second trade was made that sent the one that I had originally sent him, back into our collection.

And, even though I knew that Robert coveted the one he had acquired at the time, I still would ask for his Gundlach in trade when the opportunity presented itself. Yes, I had one, but why not have two. (I didn’t know it was your favorite RL!).

As it happens, I do have two (acquiring a nickel plated one in 2010).



And, while not my favorite corkscrew, they are certainly pretty darn close, and quite the awesome two some.

And, still more favorites

While John Odd sent a message about a few candidates for his favorite. Recently, he sent this in:

THE = KUPPER LAGER folding 1894 German registered design of Wilhelm von zur Gathen, The one I have is a little less pristine as the example shown on page 118 of Don Bull’s Ultimate book, but whilst I also have the plain and KUPPER BIER variants shown in Brian May’s paper, the KUPPER LAGER is my favourite.

And, as I had yet to publish my favorite corkscrew (and feel free to keep sending yours in to me), I just returned from the corkscrew case where I opened the top drawer.

There are many many corkscrews that I treasure, some for the rarity or scarcity of the corkscrew. Some others, as acquiring them took a great deal of hunting, bargaining, or trading. Even others, that have a certain sentimentality to them, as they came from good friends.

But, if it is just one, the one that brings a smile to my face every time I see it, is rather simple; a simple T-pull.

The R. Murphy turned ivory handle direct pull is THE one. It is indeed my favorite.


For those that haven’t emailed in, what is your favorite corkscrew?

More favorites…

A couple of other collectors have emailed with pictures of their favorite corkscrew.

John Stanley sent in his awesome Moxie advertising corkscrew!




And, Ian Hunter also emailed in with his carved very cool Adelaide, explaining:

Why this one? Normally I go for patents and registrations, mechanicals…nothing pretty. It fits into my Adelaide collection. It’s the only one in it anyone has looked at twice! It’s mysterious. It seems to have been carved from a single horn which must have had variable colouring. I also like the fact that it was one of the very few times I have outlasted Ion Chirescu…

Usually I get a buzz from buying well. For this one I obviously overpaid for but I don’t care. Had to have it!!






Keep the favorites coming!


Yes, I know, I still haven’t published mine…