Yes, it is that time of year again. Starting the second Tuesday in May, the Brimfield Antiques Show attracts collectors and dealers from all over the world.
This year, we rented a house again within relative proximity to the show, and the lovely personal personal trainer and I were joined by our friend AA and Tommy.
AA and the lovely drove down together. I drove down earlier to drop off P-Doggy to be boarded, and then headed to Hartford to pick up Tommy who was flying in.
With everyone arriving safely, it was time for a bit of wine, catching up, and a little corkscrew show and tell.
On the first morning, Tommy and I got up early, and headed out. And, after a few hours of hunting, I got a message from Tommy about a “score!” This was followed by another message, “Major Score!” Wondering what it was, he shortly sent a picture; a miniature pair of legs with mother of pearl scales. Wow! And, with a whopping price of 35 dollars–I had no doubt he talked the seller down–it surely would be the find of the show.
It goes that way at Brimfield. There are lots of interesting pieces that we can pick up, but almost always there is one standout piece that shows up. A Tucker, Chippendale, Sperry, the Stephens patent, a Kummer for 15 dollars, Satyr legs for a song, a Geissen, signed Henshall patent: these have all turned up. And, this time around it was Tommy’s turn to get the piece of the show.
Of course, there were many other corkscrews that were acquired over the last few days.
On the first day, I had picked up a couple of direct pulls, and was super excited for Tommy. And, as we entered one of the fields, I was going through a booth and saw a small grouping of corkscrews; all in decent shape. After asking about them, the dealer responded with the fact that he knew nothing about them, and hoped his prices seemed fair. I selected a couple of them, and said he was pretty spot on.
He further explained that he had just found a small collection, and when I asked if he had any more, he reached into his truck and retrieved an entire box of them.
Going through the box, I picked out a couple of pieces, and he explained he left the mechanical ones at home. And, he promised to send pictures at the end of the show.
Nothing really rare within the box, except he did have the Rudy Dolberg Weinke patent–with the American patent date. I have owned this piece in the past, but gave it up to a German collector a couple of years ago, as he didn’t have this variation. Weinke’s do turn up pretty frequently, but with the American patent date, not so much.
About this time, my phone rang…actually as I was peeling off a few bills to give to the dealer, and while two friends came up behind me, my phone rang. It was the lovely who had found an old factory cart that we had been looking for for the wine shop.
(For those wondering, the wine shop is rather small, and I wanted an old industrial cart that would serve as a place to stack wine for display, but it would also give me the ability to roll the display out of the way when we host wine tastings. And, I wanted that old industrial look–that said, the prices on these are pretty high at Brimfield and the like, the lovely found this one for about a third of what they were selling for at other fields within the show).
So, for the rest of the day, I was pushing a cart around from booth to booth.
After we exhausted the field, we said goodbyes to the various friends that we had met up with over the course of the day, and headed back to the house; only to be joined by BT for dinner later on that evening.
The next day, was another early one, and Tommy and crisscrossed the fields, messaging each other to see where the other way, and were there any finds. I managed to pick up a couple of odd Anri pieces, and a pretty nice T & C silver overlay piece.
As an aside, over the two days, there was an interesting phenomenon taking place. On the first day, I happened upon a booth, and the seller had corkscrews; zig zag, flash, Le Presto. I don’t remember all of his pricing, but he was at about 100 on the Le Presto. By the time Tommy got to the booth, the price dropped to 50 dollars. Tommy picked it up. On the T & C piece, Barry had seen that one earlier in the day, but passed on it. By the time I got there, that dealer also dropped price by just about 50% of what he was asking earlier. Price it high and hope, but after getting a couple of collectors to walk away…
After exhausting the various fields on Wednesday, Tommy and I headed off to hit a few antique malls on our way to Springfield where the lovely, AA, Tommy , and I would be meeting friends for dinner. But, since we are in Springfield, and we had a half hour or so to kill, why not visit the Student Prince for some libations and some corkscrew viewing?
After dinner, we headed back to the house, and over wine had a little show and tell of the days finds.
The next morning was another early one, with Tommy flying out at 6:00 in the morning. After saying our good byes and dropping him off, I headed back to the house before making the trek back to the show for one more walk around. Not much at May’s field that morning, but I did manage to fine one of those French eyebrows with mother of pearl inlay. And, for a nice price.
With the lovely and AA already on their way back to the island, and knowing I have a few hours of driving a head of me, I started making my own way back home.
A fun trip to Brimfield!