When I first started collecting corkscrews (21 years ago) one of my first purchases was a and 1885 Haff patent direct pull corkscrew, with PAT. APPL’D FOR incised into the metal band.

It still resides within the collection.

Of course, there have been lots of Haffs found over the years; different sizes, different handles, different worms, different markings.

But, the Haff that I have been most desirous of, is the Haff patent with spring and frame, as pictured on page 71 Fred O’Leary’s book.  That example is marked, “PATENTED APL 14TH ’85 MAY 5TH ‘85”

Nine years ago, one sold on the collectorcorkscrews.com auction.  I missed out, of course.  And, in 21 years, I have seen exactly three… The one in O’Leary, the one sold in that auction, and one in John Morris’ collection.

Yesterday, there was one that ended on eBay, and while the eBay listing didn’t offer a description of the markings that were clearly present on the corkscrew, under what looks to be a little black paint, it is indeed marked, and once it arrives (yes, I won the auction), I will report back here with how it is marked.

I will also look into removing the black paint.

A potential best 6 candidate, it will make a nice companion to the hard to find Haff with bell assist that is already in the collection.


a few days away

I have spent the last few days avoiding my corkscrew-blogger-to-the-world duties, as I have been otherwise occupied.

The big corkscrew news, is that the latest collectorcorkscrews.com auction began accepting listings on the 18th, with bidding starting on November 1st.

Who knows what will turn up this time around?

The other news, is that after some waiting, the Syroco Corkscrew book has arrived; in limited quantities.


This shipment was limited to 10 copies, and 8 have already been spoken for.

So, if you are looking for a copy of a fabulous coffee table style book consisting of 330 pages of the Syroco and Syroco Corkscrew story, it is available for $80.00 + shipping.

I have two copies left.

For those of you that have requested a copy, that live in outside the United States, Ion Chirescu has several copies that he also can ship, and shipping costs would be less than from the U.S.

Update:  Sold out for the time being!



Wonder Cork Lifter

While just a simple cork puller, this Wonder Cork Lifter recently made its way onto eBay, and after a week received no bids…

Well, only because I forgot to, in the hours before it ended.

I was intrigued by the label, and thought it would be a fun mystery to research.

Yesterday, it was re-listed with a buy it now, and I snapped it up.

Do any of you know the story of the Wonder Cork Lifter?

Better pictures, and hopefully more of the story soon…