Well, it is November 30th, and we are one month (and a day) away from the end of the corkscrew-collecting-fiscal-year. And, what a year it has been.
There are always corkscrews to be found, and while I made some terrific finds in the wild, there were some where, to borrow from Jose… the corkscrews found me.
And, as I am wont to do, I figured I would put together a little survey to see what each of you think should make the best six of the year this year.
Of course, with a month (and a day) to go until the end of the year, the list could change. And, of course, I hope something fabulous, or some fabulous somethings, find their way into the collection that will change the potential best six candidates, but let’s see what you all have to say.
Here are the candidates that are in the running:
Thanks for your playing along, and you just never know what will turn up next!
Hopefully I find a corkscrew, or a corkscrew finds me, that makes the choice that much more difficult.
The attention of our old Customers and the Trade generally is invited to our new Illustrated Catalogue just issues, comprising a full assortment of our well known staple goods : Butts (Drilled and Wire Jointed), Thumb Latches, Sash, Upright Screw and Side Pulleys, Wardrobe and Harness Hooks, Draw Pulls, Nut Crackers Cork Screws, &c., &c. Also several new and attractive styles of Fancy Hardware, at prices to suit the times.
Our new Patent Fancy Open Work Cap Butt, with Ornamented Knuckle, in Real and Imitation Bronze, and our Nickel Plated Cap Butts, with concealed screws, and the Landsomest in the market, and are attracting much attention. While making plain and japanned goods a specialty, we are prepared to meet the increasing demand for ornamented bronze and nickel plated House Trimmings. Goods packed in boxes or bundles, as may be preferred. For a catalogue and price list address.
This cork-puller, which is shown in the illustrations herewith given, is the invention of E. Walker, of the Erie Specialty Mfg. Company, Erie, Pa., by whom it is manufactured. Fig. 1 represents it attached, and the corkscrew in process of insertion in the cork, while Fig. 2 shows the use of the lever by means of which the cork is extracted. From these cuts it will be seen that the machine is fastented by screws to a table or shelf, the cork being inserted by means of the handle at the top, which revolves freely and is connected directly wit hthe corkscrews.
The power is applied by a crank-and-lever movement and the point is made that all side pressure and binding of the parts is avoided, making the operation of extacting the cork easy and simple, so that a lady or a child can pull a hard cork with ease.
Fig. 3 shows the company’s special make of a screw which is used in their machine, but, being of standard thread, will fit other machines. Other points made in regard to thtis cork puller are: That it cuts the wire when pulling the cork, is not liable to break the bottle, and from its pattern and finish is attractive in appearance. The company also make a strong screw-clamp.to be used on marble and in other places where the machie is to be moved often.
In an 1870 issue of Mining and Scientific Press, the folloing advertisement is placed by Weister and Co.
Weister and Co.,
No. 314 Bush Street, San Francisco.
PATENTS BOUGHT AND SOLD
For the benefit of those that live at a distance from the city, we give below a brief description of a few of the valuable patents which we have in our office. It may be well to state that no Patent is received by us for negotiation until it is first endored by reliable experts, to whom each is subjected for acceptance or rejection. We tread all patents alike, recommending only where true merit is found in the invention.
Amd, amongst the available valuable patents is a:
A NEW CORK EXTRACTOR
This simple device of practical utility. It is adapted for Hotels, Saloons and family use. The tightest cork can be drawn with a mere nominal outlay of strength, and without risk of bruising or hurting the hands. They will be furnished, plain or silver-plated, at manufacturing cost, to parties purchasing Rights. Any person of energy can soon realize the cost of a State Right by selling the Cork Extractors, as they sell readily and afford a large profit. Send for circular.
So, what patent for a cork extractor would Weister and Co., be selling?
What do you think? No images are provided in the issue of Mining and Scientific Press…
The first round of the collectorcorkscrews.com auction will be ending today. Lots of juicy stuff will be changing hands as collectors from around the world peruse and place bids on over 1000 corkscrews!
Over 1000 corkscrew lots up for bidding on the latest collectorcorkscrews.com auction, and bidding is open! There are some juicy lots in the latest auction, and a few (okay more than a few) that are on my wish list!