A few years ago, there was a Davis / Detroit corkscrew with advertising listed on eBay. And, I went after it. The advertising read: THE VOIGT BREWERY LTD. DETROIT, MICH. U. S. A., “EXPORT RHINEGOLD.”
At the time, there were two other variations of the Voigt Brewing Davis known. One that reads, VOIGT BREWING CO. LTD. DETROIT, MICH. U.S.A., the other with VOIGT (V IN TRIANGLE AND CIRCLE) DETROIT.
So, I went for it.
I tossed out a healthy bid, only to watch that bid get doubled up (and then some) as the piece when into the multiple hundreds of dollars. Apparently, it was the first known example of this marking.
Yesterday, a similar Davis was put up for sale on eBay, but this time with a pretty healthy buy it now.
That said, the Buy It Now price was healthy for the seller, mind you…not for the buyer.
I saw the listing. I thought about it (for all of about 10 seconds) and clicked.
It was far less than the one that sold in 2014, after all. And, it will make a nice addition to the Detroit Cork Screw collection…
I will add here, that this is slightly different than the one from a few yeas ago, as the Davis doesn’t read “EXPORT RHINEGOLD,” it reads “DRINK RHINEGOLD.” I have contacted TWJ about this, to confirm.
Beyond the fact that it is a hard to find piece, it is that much more interesting as Voigt didn’t produce Rhinegold. They produced Rheingold…
After a bit of digging, I found the following in the Detroit Free Press from 1905…
Edward W. Voigt
President and Treasurer Voigt Brewing Co.
The brewing business today is among our greatest and most important in industries, and its is a natural consequence that some of our brainiest and ablest men are identified with it. Mr. E. W. Voigt, head of the Voigt Brewery Company, is notable example of these enterprising men.
Mr. Voigt has been in the brewing business in this city since 1866, having succeeded his father as manager of the firm that he is with at present. His business success is probably due to his ability and constant desire to utilize modern methods and appliance in his business. It is a well-known fact that he has originated a number of ideas which have materially assisted the progress of the brewers’ art.
Mr. Voigt is well and favorably known in German social circles and has achieved he confidence and respect from his business associates. The Free Press takes pleasure in presenting a portrait of him in this issue.
The Voigt Brewing Davis/Detroit will be added to the website in the coming days. Of course, I don’t have the other Voigt advertising corkscrews, and would happily trade for those as well. Do you have one?
And, while I am at it, while there is no relation to Voigt, there is a “LOCK CITY BREWING CO.” Davis out there somewhere, that I am also hunting for.
UPDATE: This just in from Tipped Worm Johnny! It IS different than the previously found example. A new discovery! Thanks for the info TWJ!