As the story goes, when I was first collecting corkscrews, the lovely and I were in Maine on a quick getaway. And, armed with my 5 dollar budget for each corkscrew, it was pretty cool that I came away with a few decent corkscrews.
One of those first few was an 1876 double helix Clough, and while I have told the story before, I regretted the purchase a little at first, as it was so perfect, I wondered if it was new.
It wasn’t new.
What had happened was that the dealer had run into some “new old stock.”
It was genuinely an 1876 double helix Clough, but it was recently discovered–with several others–in an old barn/warehouse.
Shortly after moving to Chicago, on eBay there appeared an identical new old stock Clough double helix. In looking closely at the listing, the seller was in Maine, and after making a purchase, I inquired if they had others.
It was indeed the same dealer, that I had met in Maine, and I negotiated to buy the rest of his new old stock.
The majority of these–close to a dozen–ended up going with me to the CCCC AGM that year, and they were dispersed across attendees’ collections via the buy and sell.
Interestingly, just the other day, I was traipsing across Montsweag flea market, and towards the end of the field, an older dealer was there, and amongst his wares were two new old stock 1876 Clough double helix corkscrews.
Given it was this vicinity of Maine where I made the purchase of that first new old stock Clough…I couldn’t resist.
I bought both.
And, the price was still within my 5 dollar budget…