Let the listing begin.

October 28th!  And, the latest Collectorcorkscrews.com auction is open to list corkscrews.  You never know what will turn up from various collectors collections, and no doubt there will be a few rarities.

As for me, I have picked up some fantastic corkscrews this year, but most of those will be staying in the collection.  That said, there will be a couple placed up for auction.

For those who can’t wait until the auction begins, here are a few that I have put up for auction:

 

Of course there will be hundreds of corkscrews up for auction.  Be sure to check them out when bidding begins!  

The Traveller’s Companion

About a week ago, I was doing a little somewhat random search on eBay, and an interesting folding bow turned up.  A ten tool bow in pretty nice shape, it clearly had a corkscrew amongst the tools, but the word corkscrew (or cork screw) was nowhere to be found in the listing.

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With a starting bid of £ .99, I placed bid, and over the week would revisit eBay and check on the item.  Yesterday came a second bid, and we were now up to £ 1.04.

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Over the course of the day, there was another bid, and then another.  Still, with about 15 minutes to go, it was hovering at about £10.  I placed a bid of £15, and thought…would this hold up?

Of course it won’t…

As we passed the 5 minutes remaining mark, I was outbid, and the piece sat at £16…

With a few minutes left to go, I went a bit higher…

And, I ended up winning the piece for £21.

Apparently, it went largely unnoticed by the usual suspects.

These days, with the exchange rate that is about 25.54 in US dollars.  And, at 2.55 per tool, it is a pretty smoking deal.

Now this particular bow is also marked, Arnold, 61,A, Piccadilly.

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And, with a bit of searching around, I found this advertisement in an issue of The Connoisseur: A magazine for collectors from 1901.

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A nice Traveller’s Companion to add to the corkscrew collection!

Do you have a folding bow corkscrew with multiple tools?  I will happily pay 2.55 per tool.  Maybe a little more.