Three Bows

About a week ago, or so, whilst working the deal for the Sperry, I also managed to swing a deal for three folding bow corkscrews.

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The three are indeed interesting, although two are doubles.    The doubles are both Williamson, with one being marked with the 1883 patent date, and the other that is referred to as the apple bow.

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The third, I find most interesting, as the metal piece that serves as the hinge as a hard snap to it.

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It is shown in a Simmons Hardware Company catalog from the 1890’s, along with a few others…

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Of course, if anyone needs the Williamson bow with patent date or the Williamson apple bow, I am always up for a trade…

And, along came Murphy…

There were a couple of arrivals on Monday, and I am quite pleased with the additions.

The Sperry is quite handsome, with a full helix, and marked with the 1878 patent date.

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And, as much as I have wanted to add a Sperry patent to the collection, a fantastic R. MURPHY BOSTON corkscrew also arrived yesterday; this version with a blade and a brush.

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While I have no doubt that the Sperry will make the best 6 of the year, the Murphy will also be in the running, as it is the first example I have with a brush and blade.

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Years ago, when we put together the Murphy display for the Boston CCCC meeting, there were Murphys with brushes and Murphys with blades, but not both.

A couple of nice additions to the collection!

Alfred W. Sperry patent

On May 28, 1878, Alfred W. Sperry was awarded patent number 204,389 for his Improvement in Corkscrewssp

Within his patent description he explains:

“This invention related to an improvement in the class of corkscrews in which the screw is hinged to the shorter arm of a lever, and in which the fulcrum of the lever is so constructed to set upon the neck of the bottle, so that when the corkscrew has been inserted the turning of th lever on the fulcrum will turn the corkscrew with it draw the cork.”

Also, interesting to note, is that Sperry thought to provide replacement worms, explaining:

“The object of this invention is to construct the instrument so that several screws may be supplied with the instrument, or [sic] any person unskilled may remove the screw or introduce a different one…”

Anyone ever find an extra Sperry screw?

That said, for years the Sperry has been on my wishlist, and I have always expected to find one (not that I really believed that I would) while on the hunt at Brimfield.

But, after years of hunting, looking, searching, and seeking to trade for one, the other day a deal was done, and a Sperry is finally heading to the island.

 

 

 

 

This should make the best 6 of the year, and I will post more photos upon its arrival!

And, now with the Sperry crossed off the wish list, time to rewrite the list!

Mystery Slider / Slide-out Corkscrew

The other day, I was sent photos of a small collection of corkscrews that were available, and within the lot was a corkscrew that I have yet been able to identify–other than it is a corkscrew…

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In e-conversations with the collector, he explained that there are no markings on the corkscrew in question…

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Using photoshop and zooming in, there looks to be a 1929 Hiering patent resting under the Williamson Flash, and a 1909 Rydquist to the left of the mystery opener with sliding corkscrew.

In many ways it looks similar to an M-73, but clearly isn’t an M-73.

But, what is it?  It doesn’t appear in Ferd and Bert’s book on pocket corkscrews, and it doesn’t seem to appear in the WCC book…

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It looks somewhat familiar…but…

What do you all think?  Have you seen this corkscrew before, and do you know its origins?

UPDATE!!!

After emailing a picture of the corkscrew to Barry Taylor, he suggested that it might be a version of the Becker patent… Not exact, but there certainly are similarities.

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Perhaps an American version of the Becker…

I will provide more information when it arrives!

 

Brimfield Day 3, back home, and back at it…

On the morning of Day 3 at Brimfield, the skies were blue, the temps a tad bit warmer, and the crowds and dealers plentiful.

The lovely headed off for home, and to run a few errands, while I headed to May’s field for a final day of corkscrewing around.

And, it was quite the crowd lined up for the 9:00 start.

No signs of the usual suspects, and I somehow got pushed towards the front of the line and was in the gates in short order.

Making my way through the field, I darted from booth to booth asking the usual question, and hearing the usual answer:

“Do you have any antique corkscrews?”

“What?”

“Corkscrews…”

“What”

“CORKSCREWS”

“No…”

Eventually, I did find a couple worthy of purchase, and would again be on my way.

At one booth, I found an interesting figural cat.  This would be the best purchase of the day for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, it was a corkscrew.

Secondly, the dealer explained that he had 80+ others at his house, and we exchanged contact information for a future visit.

Back to the cat.  It is interesting, insofar as, it is a three dimensional figural with a tail that wraps around him and would make it difficult (or at least uncomfortable, in one’s hand) to use.

Still, a cool thing.

As I made my way through the field for a second pass, and checking the time, I realized it was time that I headed back to the all-terrain-corkscrew-pursuit-vehicle, and soon enough was heading for Rockland.

A fun, albeit wet and muddy, few days in Brimfield.

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rare egg beater, purchased for a collector friend

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Looks remarkably like that dolphin bottle opener that turns up…

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Another Syroco look-a-like brush holder

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Love these

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Really?  We love our dog, but really?

Also, whilst I was traipsing through May’s field, I had received an email from someone that has a collection in Connecticut, and while I will get to visit said collector in the fall, a price was agreed upon for four corkscrews, and said corkscrews are already enroute to Vinalhaven.

A nice grouping, three American pieces and one Norwegian cork puller;  apropos given our upcoming trip to Norway.

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Tucker, Joop, Austin, and Jopson: The Jopson will be heading to BT, but the others will remain on Vinalhaven.

Brimfield Day 1 and 2

The lovely bride and I made our way to the airbnb we rented for the May Brimfield Show.

On the drive down, I did manage to do a little antiquing, and at one particular shop (where there are almost never corkscrews) a dealer had apparently discovered a small collection, and corkscrews could be found amongst a myriad of bottle openers they must have dominated the collection.

And, the dealer had decided he had three ranges of openers and corkscrews: the 7 dollar range, the 9 dollar range, the 15 dollar range, and the 19 dollar range.

The best of the 19 dollar range, was the purchase of the day; a hard to find  German piece that made for an excellent pre-Brimfield find!

With the little folder marked D.R.G.M No 54268 on one side and GERMANY (Edmund Jansen, circa 1896) in hand, the adventure continued.  And, the drive south and then west continued.

In the weeks before our adventure, we had kept an eye on the forecast, and were prepared for the rain that had begun to fall.  Still, the next few days that the show would be open, there was no rain in the forecast.   Getting the rainfall early, surely would make for a lovely Brimfield opening day…

The morning of day one, at the appointed time (in the wee hours of the morning), I made a couple of cups of coffee, and threw on a few extra layers, as while it wasn’t going to be raining,  it was 38 degrees!  A little cold for May.

Pulling into the parking lot, and seeing the ruts that the other cars were leaving in the field portended the future.  It was going to be a sloppy mess at Brimfield, and for the next few hours, besides hunting for corkscrews, much of the time was spent trying not to lose a shoe in the inches of mud.


The crowds were still there, but the dealers weren’t.  At Dealer’s Choice, it was a smattering of dealers, with many tables left resting on their side.  And, at Brimfield North, the field management ended up letting attendees in for free, as they too had a fraction of the normal number of dealers, and some of those being towed out, after finding themselves stuck in the mud…quite literally.

Still, there were a few corkscrews about.  But, given the lack of dealers, the plentifulness was less than plentiful.  And, running into Barry, who was also on the hunt, he too mentioned the lack of corkscrews in the fields.

So, there were no legendary finds on day one.  But, by the end of the day one, I had amassed a small pile…

In one booth, I noticed a small pile of bung corks.  Fairly large, I thought they would make nice corkscrew stands.  After a bit of negotiation, or more accurately put, surprise on the dealer’s part that I would be so willing to buy all of them, a deal was struck and 30 of these were soon in my backpack.  As we were stowing them away, the dealer reached over and handed me another bag of them.

About 2 inches in diameter at the base and tapered at the top, I plan to add metal washers to the base, so the stand won’t tip over, and it will add some height differentiation to the corkscrews in the case.

For day 2, rain was, again, not in the forecast, but we expected to be sloshing around a bit, and we dressed accordingly.  Again, it was cold, and most buyers were wearing multiple players, gloves, hats, big jackets, scarves.

When the 9:00 field opened, the sun was trying to peak through the cloud cover, and by early afternoon, while not warm, with the sun breaking through, we all seemed to sigh in collective relief and warmth.

And, while it seemed many the dealers from the two all but abandoned fields decided to descend on Heart of the Mart and Hertan’s, corkscrews worthy of purchase were few and far between.  I did pick up a couple of folding spoons with advertising, and another folding piece as well as a mechanical Anri dog stopper.

Of course, there are lots of other interesting treasures to find at Brimfield…

This woman with the snowman, seemed quite thrilled with her frosty friend!

This morning May’s field opens, and I will set out again on the hunt for the (apparently) elusive corkscrew.

You never know what might turn up next.

 

 

Brimfield begins

Well, technically Brimfield hasn’t begun yet, as it is in the wee hours of the morning, and I have yet to finished my first cup of coffee.

But, I will shortly be climbing into the x-terra, and making the 20 minute drive (from the airbnb we rented) and the hunt will begin.

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The lovely also drove down, and will be joining me in the fields a little later this morning, and who knows what will turn up!

Reports of any finds later today!

Patent Power Corkscrew

From an 1884 copy of the Wright & Ditson’s Annual Illustrated Catalogue

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PATENT POWER CORKSCREW

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This is the most powerful Screw ever invented. Very strong and durable, and we guarantee it will pour a larger cork with less effort than the most expensive English lever corkscrew in the market.  It requires but one motion, that is, simply turning to the right, and after the screw has entered the cork the cap strikes and acts like a jack screw in drawing the cork, so that no exertion is required.  Elegantly finished in nickle plated, with fine hard wood handle

Price, by mail                .75

Creamer’s Patent

I will preface this with an apology.  I haven’t bloggy blogged in several days, as my attention has been elsewhere.    In Maine, April is industry-wine-tasting month, and there have been tastings after tastings after tastings after tastings over the last couple of weeks.

I know, a tough job, but someone has to do it.

That said, I will admit, I spend way too much time studying the patent drawings in the back of Fred O’Leary’s tome on American corkscrews.  And, one of the drawings has always fascinated me, as it doesn’t actually show a corkscrew.  It shows some sort of bell assist, but no screw is present.

And, that is the Creamer patent of 1863:

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What the patent looks like, is that the bell is supposed to be adjustable for variances in the size of the neck of the bottle.

And, in reading the patent description the bell, or holder, is intended to be adjustable.  Creamer’s patent reads:

In order to adapt the holder to the variety of sizes of bottles and their corks, I construct the frame so as to be adjustable in size at the lower end. To do this, I generally have the frame made entire, as shown in Fig. 1, and attach an additional piece, B’, in the insde to make the adjustment. (There may be two such pieces, if desired.) The adjusting piece, B’ has its lower end shaped like that of the skirt B. It is fastened to the upper part of the cylinder, so as to act as a spring. It is moved, as required, by a little handle, D, and the size of the mouth of the holder is thus larged or diminished to suit any size of the bottle.

(I know…  I am still confused)

Coincidentally, in a recent search for corkscrews online, I ran across a catalogue from Landers, Frary, and Clark (yes, that Frary) within which contained an image of the Creamer’s patent corkscrew with the patent date.

And, while it looks nothing like the patent drawing, I think the illustration might give us (collectively) something to look for, as well as pause to examine corkscrews that already exist within our respective collections.

From the illustration, there doesn’t not look to be any adjustable bell assist, but perhaps instead, with the shape of the bell assist itself, it allows for various sizes.

Do you have Creamer’s patent in your collection?

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