The Tight Cork

For years, I have been on the hunt for this photograph case, that features a man giving it his best effort to remove a cork from a wine bottle, that is signed “THE TIGHT CORK.”

Having seen one example, and then two (one black and one reddish-brown) in the World Class Corkscrews book; with one example gracing the cover of the book, when one presented itself recently at auction, I knew I would be in the running.

The problem, of course, is that not only would corkscrew collectors be going after this, those that collect Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, and the cases that were designed to house these early photos would also be bidding.

The auction ended last night, and with half a minute to go, I decided to place a bid.

31 seconds later…


The Tight Cork is heading to the island…




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