Eclipse Folding Pocket Corkscrew


Within the pages of the Lord, Owen, & Co., Wholesale Druggists, Chicago 1896 catalogue, there are a few corkscrews pictured.  One in particular stands out.

Shown in the catalogue with this woodcut illustration:


And, the description of:

No. 999, Eclipse folding pocket, 1 doz. on card ……………….. doz. 1.75

Is this the folding pea pod corkscrew that turns up every once in a while?


It certainly look like it!

For some reason, I thought the peapod (which now we know is an Eclipse) was of more recent vintage.




Brother Placido Vogliotti

Okay, I am pretty sure that Placido Vogliotti wasn’t part of Christian Brothers Winery in California…


But the 1910 the Italian patent by Placido Vogliotti with folding Folding collar does turn up on occasion with the marking  THE CHRISTIAN BROTHERS, FROMM & SICHEL, INC., SAN FRANCISCO, CA. / 1908.


And, the other day, I managed to pick one up for a song–not that I actually sang.


Since I focus on American corkscrews, this will probably be offered up for trade.

Anyone need a 1910 Christian Brothers Vogliotti?  Drop me a line.


a quick look around

This morning, I had an appointment in Portland, Maine and was supposed to meet up with a colleague at 8:15, before we headed to another locale where a meeting was to take place.

And, given the distance between Rockland and Portland (about an hour and forty-five minutes), I left a few minutes after 6…

Being September, there are still a fair amount of tourists around, so there can be some traffic.

So, I am meandering down the coastal route one, when it occurs to me that it is Wednesday.  And, Wednesday is the antiques day at Montsweag Flea Market.


I couldn’t speed up, as there are cars in front of me, so I figured when I got close, I would check the arrival time on my iPhone, and make a decision on whether there was enough time to wander around, or maybe I could come back on the ride back up to Rockland later in the day.

As I crested the hill, I could see all of the vendors setting up, and given that I was about 10 minutes a head of schedule, I probably had enough time to make a quick walk through and hope that there is a corkscrew (or two) worth buying amongst the various wares.

As I pulled in the lot, there was a space right up front, which would also allow for a quick getaway.

I pulled in, and scampered off.

Making my way up one aisle — no corkscrews.

Then circling up and back down the other side — no corkscrews.

On the opposite side of the field — no corkscrews.

And, I am running out of time…

Then, as I was walking by one table that was still setting up, a corkscrew was soon within my reach.

Me:  “How much for the corkscrew?”

Dealer: “$ 20.00”

Me: “Do you have any others?”

Dealer: “A brass key, and the corkscrew goes in it, but I don’t know where it is.”

Me: “No worries,” handing the dealer a $20.00, bill and hustling back to the truck with my new found treasure.

Back on the road, according to my iPhone, I was going to be rolling in right on time, but I would be cutting it close.

But, apparently through the magic of iPhone/GPS mileage v. time on the road, I pulled in 2 minutes early.

One corkscrew in the field to be had, in those early hours of dealers setting up.  But, the early bird did get the worm!


And, it’s a Frary!

Frary’s Self-Extracting Corkscrew to be exact!


Now, I am pretty sure this is a double (or a triple), but how fun to find a Frary corkscrew on a few minute detour from your appointed rounds!




the Symes Building

In 1906 the Symes Building was built in Denver, Colorado; having been designed by the architectural firm of Hunt and Hunt of New York.

It was one of the first steel framed buildings in Denver and housed the downtown Woolworth’s store on its ground floor for years.


Judge George Gifford Symes was a Judge in Denver who had the structure built on 16th and Champa streets, after the original building burned in 1905.

The building used steel framing; the “other” Chicago style, as compared with Chicago style hotdogs, which do not use steel in their construction…


Why are you telling us this, you might ask yourself…

So, on a favorite online auction site, I just picked up a Williamson Roundlet that advertises the Symes Building in Denver.


Marked “COMPLIMENTS OF THE SYMES BUILDING BUFFET, SYMES BUILDG, DENVER,” I wonder what libations were available at the buffet?


An effective cork extractor…

From a 1924 issue of Popular Mechanics

An effective cork extractor, which pulls the corks without breaking them, can easily be bensonmade from a large tin-opener key.  A small piece of metal , the same thickness as the key, is riveted loosely to the lower end of of the key so that it can be turned easily, and both are ground down to a point as shown.  In use the small piece is set in line with the key as shown on the right, and the key is pushed down through the cork.  By tapping the key lightly the small piece falls to a position at right angles to the key and it is then an easy matter to the pull the cork out.


–Harold. E. Benson, Boulder, Colo

Thanks Harold E. Benson of Boulder, Colorado!  A great idea, using a lateral projection to pull a cork, and one that was first patented in 1860 by Charles Alexander…

You ran read about this type of cork extractor here.