Old Elk Whiskey – Always Pure

The lovely personal personal trainer and I headed off island over the weekend for a trip Down East.  For those of you not from Maine, which I gather is everyone that will read this, to go down east from where we live, you actually go north.

Down East which now is used to describe the geographical area of northern coastal Maine and the Canadian maritime provinces, stems from nautical terminology referring to wind direction, rather than physical location. In warmer months, the prevailing winds along that area of the coast blow from the southwest.  Ships then would sail downwind, to travel east; hence down east.

Not that really has anything to do with corkscrews, but what the heck.

So, we got off the boat, and headed north.

We skipped the Big Chicken Barn, but did hit the Trash or Treasure Barn.  No corkscrews were found, but we did see a few pieces of furniture that might work in the house.  And, we did hit a few more antique stores along the way.  Similarly, no corkscrews were found.

This was our first trip this far up the coast, and as we meandered north, we both enjoyed the bold rocky coastline.

Eventually we got to our hotel; which is also, conveniently, a pub.  Located in Lubec, Maine it is the easternmost town in the U.S.  So, we ate at the Easternmost restaurant, visited the Easternmost gift shop, toured the Easternmost museum, and had several pints at the Easternmost brewery in the U.S.   I will add here, that not every establishment advertises themselves this way, but several do.  Not that there are a lot of establishments in Lubec.  It is a fairly sleepy little town even this time of year, but that will change in the coming weeks as Summer travelers visit the seaside town.

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With Lubec being our homeport for a few days, we visited the Quoddy light house, East Port, and also Campobello (Canada is across the bridge from Lubec).  A word of advice in driving through Campobello…slow down for the turtles…

All in all a really fun trip.  We got to see an area of Maine that one could easily fall in love with, a bit of antiquing (no corkscrews were found), some good food and wine (and beer), and some stunning scenery.

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For those of you in the ICCA, we are hosting the meetings in Maine in 2018.  With those extra days that you might be spending, a trip down east (which includes Acadia and Bar Harbor) is definitely worth experiencing.

Okay Josef, so what does this have to do with corkscrews???

Nothing really, but it was a pretty fabulous weekend.

And, in between all of this fabulous-ity, I managed to pick up an interesting pair of ladies legs online.

On one side, it would seem, more or less common as they are pink and white striped legs.

On the reverse side, however, there are two advertising plates mounted across the celluloid which carry advertising for OLD ELK WHISKEY ALWAYS PURE.

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The Old Elk Bottle pictured above is courtesy of the Lexington Historical Museum and they date the bottle to 1895, so it is pretty much the very bottle that these particular legs might have been used upon.

An interesting pair of legs…and a great weekend.

 

 

 

midway

Well, I just looked at the calendar and realized two things.  One, I have been remiss in blogging.  And, two…we are pretty much midway through the corkscrew-collecting-year, and I need to buy/find more corkscrews!

It has already been a pretty good (half) year for corkscrew hunting already, and with Summer travels, corkscrew meetings, two more visits to Brimfield, and other wine related adventures, you never know what might turn up.

Tonight we are having a wine tasting at the shop, but tomorrow we begin a boat/road trip up the coast of Maine towards (and possibly into) Canada.  There certainly will be some antiquing along the way.

Still, at this halfway/midway point, I started to consider some of the better finds that have been made so far, and wonder if these will ultimately make the best 6 of the year.

While there have been many corkscrews already, here are the potential candidates…

 

The Voigt Brewing Davis

Spaulding Gorham Prongs

Ivory Handled H & B

Unusual (unmarked) cork extractor

General Appliance wall mount

Yes, I know that is only five…

I did pick up an interesting Thomason the other day with a really unusual fluted/ribbed barrel.  Unfortunately, it had a replacement handle–a poor choice at that…and similarly unfortunate, a marked Guinot worm.

I am still working on a more appropriate repair job, but I have no doubt this will find its way into another collector’s collection.

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It could very well be that over the course of the coming months, corkscrews are found that knock all of the aforementioned five off the list.

At least we can hope!

Stay tuned…

 

 

JFO handbook listings…

As mentioned yesterday, the Voigt Brewing Davis is a new discovery.  But, given that I have quite a few Davis/Detroit and Puddefoot/Detroit corkscrews with advertising, brewery and otherwise, I decided to revisit the JFO handbook listings to what other advertising was out there.

And, it looks like there is some more hunting to do… (the ones in bold, I do already have…)

According to the Just for Openers Handbook, here are the variations of brewery advertising (this does not include non-brewery advertisements) that appear on the Davis Detroit Corkscrew, Davis Detroit Corkscrew with Knife, and Puddefoot Detroit Corkscrew:

Davis/Detroit Corkscrew (P-002, in JFO speak)

COMPLIMENTS OF GERKE BREWING CO. CINCINNATI

COMPLIMENTS OF THE GREENWAY BREWING CO.

COMPLIMENTS OF THE GREENWAY BREW’G CO. SYRACUSE, N. Y.

LOCK CITY BREWING CO.

COMPLIMENTS MINNEAPOLIS BREWING CO. MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. “GILT EDGE”

COMPLIMENTS OF MINNEAPOLIS BREWING CO “EXPORT WEINER”

COMPLIMENTS OF MINNEAPOLIS BREWING CO “GILT EDGE”  

COMPLIMENTS OF PABST BREWING CO. MILWAUKEE

COMPLIMENTS OF JOS. SCHLITZ BREWING CO.  

THE VOIGT BREWERY LTD. DETROIT, MICH. U. S. A. “EXPORT RHINEGOLD”

THE VOIGT BREWERY LTD. DETROIT, MICH. U.S.A. “DRINK RHINEGOLD” (will soon be added to the handbook).

VOIGT BREWERY CO. LTD. DETROIT, MICH. U.S.A

VOIGT (V IN TRIANGLE AND CIRCLE) DETROIT  

Davis/Detroit Corkscrew with Knife (P-185, in JFO speak).

COMPLIMENTS OF PABST BREWING CO. MILWAUKEE.  

Puddefoot/Detroit Corkscrew (P-70, in JFO speak).

COMPLIMENTS OF GREENWAY BREW’G CO. SYRACUSE, N. Y.

COMPLIMENTS MINNEAPOLIS BREWING CO. MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. “GILT EDGE”

Of course, going through the handbook listings, gives one pause.  There are two different versions of the Greenway Brewing Davis, two variations of the Minneapolis Gilt Edge Davis, and four variations of the Voigt Davis!

With the variations in advertising, you might want to check your Davis corkscrews to see if you have one that isn’t on the list.

Want to access the handbook, and other Just For Openers information?  Click here!

Rhinegold v. Rheingold

A few years ago, there was a Davis / Detroit corkscrew with advertising listed on eBay.  And, I went after it.  The advertising read: THE VOIGT BREWERY LTD. DETROIT, MICH. U. S. A.,  “EXPORT RHINEGOLD.”

At the time, there were two other variations of the Voigt Brewing Davis known.  One that reads, VOIGT BREWING CO. LTD. DETROIT, MICH. U.S.A., the other with VOIGT (V IN TRIANGLE AND CIRCLE) DETROIT.

So, I went for it.

I tossed out a healthy bid, only to watch that bid get doubled up (and then some) as the piece when into the multiple hundreds of dollars.  Apparently, it was the first known example of this marking.

Yesterday, a similar Davis was put up for sale on eBay, but this time with a pretty healthy buy it now.

That said, the Buy It Now price was healthy for the seller, mind you…not for the buyer.

I saw the listing.  I thought about it (for all of about 10 seconds) and clicked.

It was far less than the one that sold in 2014, after all.  And, it will make a nice addition to the Detroit Cork Screw collection…

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I will add here, that this is slightly different than the one from a few yeas ago, as the Davis doesn’t read “EXPORT RHINEGOLD,” it reads “DRINK RHINEGOLD.”  I have contacted TWJ about this, to confirm.

Beyond the fact that it is a hard to find piece, it is that much more interesting as Voigt didn’t produce Rhinegold.  They produced Rheingold…

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After a bit of digging, I found the following in the Detroit Free Press from 1905…

Edward W. Voigt

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President and Treasurer Voigt Brewing Co.

The brewing business today is among our greatest and most important in industries, and its is a natural consequence that some of our brainiest and ablest men are identified with it.  Mr. E. W. Voigt, head of the Voigt Brewery Company, is notable example of these enterprising men.

Mr. Voigt has been in the brewing business in this city since 1866, having succeeded his father as manager of the firm that he is with at present.  His business success is probably due to his ability and constant desire to utilize modern methods and appliance in his business.  It is a well-known fact that he has originated a number of ideas which have materially assisted the progress of the brewers’ art.

Mr. Voigt is well and favorably known in German social circles and has achieved he confidence and respect from his business associates.  The Free Press takes pleasure in presenting a portrait of him in this issue.

The Voigt Brewing Davis/Detroit will be added to the website in the coming days.   Of course, I don’t have the other Voigt advertising corkscrews, and would happily trade for those as well.    Do you have one?

And, while I am at it, while there is no relation to Voigt, there is a  “LOCK CITY BREWING CO.” Davis out there somewhere, that I am also hunting for.

UPDATE:  This just in from Tipped Worm Johnny!  It IS different than the previously found example.  A new discovery!  Thanks for the info TWJ!

Ladies Legs Corkscrews… One dollar and ten cents each…

Also, from the 1913 Shapleigh Hardware Company catalog…

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BALLET Per Dozen

No. 537—Bright Forged Steel Screw,

Length 2 5/8 inches; Folding Handle,

Pocket Knife Style; Steel Springs;

German Silver Lined; Assorted

Blue and White and Red and

White Celluloid Handles with

German Silver tips; Length

Folded 2 5/8 inches: Weight per

Dozen 1 1/2 lbs           $ 13.20

One Dozen in Box

Does no Injure the Cork

From a 1913 Shapleigh Hardware Company catalog:

“QUICK AS A WINK”

 Does not Injure the Cork

Directions

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Take the Puller into the hand so that the handle rests in the palm, putting the thumb on one tine and the forefinger on the other.  Adjust the tines to size of Cork by pressing thumb and forefinger together, insert the tines each side of the cork between Cork and Neck of Bottle, work the tines carefully below the bottom of the cork by pushing one tine then the other (a rocking motion).  When the tines are well below the bottom of the cork turn the Puller around and around, at the same time pulling very gently.  Around goes the Puller, Cork and all, and out rides the Cork on the tines and drops from the Puller without labor injury to cork or spilling contents.

If the cork has flattened edges out over neck of bottle push the tines through the flattened edges and operate as above; for Cork in bottles of Glue, Mucilage or other adhesive matter insert the tines in two or three different places before turning the Puller.   Per dozen.

No. 35—Tempered Blued Spring Steel Tines; Maple Handle, Mahogany Stained and Varnished; Nickel Plated Brass Case; Length Closed 4 in; Lengh of Handle 3 in; Weight per dozen 3 lbs………………. $ 4.00

One Dozen in a Box.

Humason & Beckley, Neal, and Birthday celebrations

So, yesterday was my birthday.  And, the lovely personal personal trainer and whisked me off island for a bit of a birthday adventure.  Lunch at Slipway, Dinner at Primo, a new kayak, antiquing adventures, a stay and the Camden Harbor Inn with dinner at Natalie’s; it was a fabulous time.

Along the way, we found a few corkscrews.  Pretty much all of which remain in their respective locations.   One of which, is now on the island.

This particular corkscrew actually came from the shop owned by some friends.  Over the past year, we have come to know a couple that is moving to Vinalhaven.  They bought a building on main street, are currently renovating it, and will be opening a business in the downstairs.

Years ago, we actually met, in the business they previously owned; a wine and cheese shop (oddly enough) that we would pass on our way up to Rockland to catch the boat to Vinalhaven.

And, within said shop was a collection of corkscrews.

During that time, with my corkscrew budget being small, and the corkscrew prices being larger than the small corkscrew budget, I would ooh and ahh, and grab a bottle of wine (or two) and hop back in the car and head north towards our destination.

At some point, the wine and cheese shop changed hands, and the corkscrews were no longer there.  The shop still has lots of antiques as decor, but the collection had gone elsewhere.  Where it had gone, apparently, was across the street to another business that the couple owned.

With the couple spending time on Vinalhaven and given the wine and cheese connection, there have been lots of conversations about the business, the business they will be opening on Vinalhaven, a bit about antiquing and a bit about corkscrews.

So, the other day, when we were in the vicinity of their current shop, we popped in to say hello.  They weren’t there, but there was a small display of corkscrews.  Mostly French mechanicals, but I got a glimpse of an turned ivory handle, and asked to see it.

I could make out that it was marked, but couldn’t quite see what it was marked.

If it was CASTSTEEL, the price was fair.

If it was MURPHY, it was very very fair.

If it was a San Francisco maker (PRICE, WILL & FINCK) it was very very very fair.

I got a better look at the marking, and it turned out to be H & B MF’G.  Now this too is a good thing.  I have owned several turned ivory and bone handled corkscrews, but when they turn up, they are more often marked CASTSTEEL rather than H & B.

That said, I left the H & B behind, and we headed off on another adventure.

Yesterday, I needed to pick up Philos the Wonderdog from where he was being boarded, which happens to be about 10 minutes from the location of the H & B…which conveniently is across the street from a place where they have pretty decent coffee.

Clearly, I needed another cup.

So, after picking up the dog, I headed down for a cup of coffee, and checked in to see the H & B again.  And, the owners were there.  We exchanged pleasantries, talked corkscrews, and I made an offer on the ivory handled T.

Deal done!

While I was paying for the piece, soon there were several other corkscrews presented; a double folding 18th century piece, a mechanical corkscrew cane.  Neither of those were for sale, but nice to see such good corkscrews.

After saying goodbyes, and knowing we will see each other soon, I thanked them for the deal.

See you soon on the island!

 

Didn’t you mention a Neal?

Yes, as a matter of fact, in the title of the blog I did.   Over the last couple of days, there was an interesting lot listed on eBay with a buy it now or best offer.  And, the lot contained four kitchen implements, amongst them  Marshall S. Neal 1940 patent opener with corkscrew.

The buy it now price for the lot?  10 dollars.  Still, it did have a best offer option.

Should I try and get it for less?

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I opted to not make an offer, and popped for the 10.

 

didn’t you mention a trade???

In yesterday’s Brimfield recap, I did mention a trade.

Yes, a trade.

A few weeks back, Tommy picked up an Sterling and Ivory handled Gorham prong puller that resembles a Converse.  It shares many similarities with the Converse patent, with the biggest exception being that instead of the 1899 patent date, it reads STERLING 97, and SPAULDING-GORHAM–the sheath is also marked STERLING

Spaulding & Co., originally was S. Hoard & Co., but in 1920 was bought by Gorham Mfg., and changed the name to Spaulding-Gorham Inc.  The name remained until 1943, when it was changed to Spaulding & Co, in 1943.  So, we can at least but date range to the cork puller; somewhere between 1920, but before 1943.

In a 1941 Spaulding-Gorham Catalog, they feature a similar cork puller.  The lines are pretty similar, but it is described “Wine Cork Puller, sterling, and is illustrated with a Sterling handle, rather than one of Ivory and Sterling.

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Do any of you have the Spaulding-Gorham that is entirely Sterling?

After Tommy picked it up, we had discussed trade.  And, he threw out several options that would seal the deal.  That said, after I picked up the General Appliance wall mount with corkscrew, that was what he really wanted.  But, given that I had been trying to find that particular corkscrew for well-over a decade, I just didn’t want to part with it.

The conversation went back and forth over the course of the Brimfield adventure; scarcity, rarity, desirability, value, etc…  And, it continued with possible trade scenarios.

On Wednesday, Tommy presented another offer.  We had batted around a couple in the preceding days…  Folding Greeley patent and the half sized signed Clark, in exchange for the Spaulding-Gorham prongs.

I thought about it for a minute or two.  Tommy has a thing for the smaller (but not miniature) corkscrews, and I have thing for Converse and other prong pullers, so after grabbing a small Hall’s Red Devil Skull poison indicator corkscrew from his stash and placing it next to the prongs, I agreed.

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I also promised, that should I ever begin to trade and/or sell the General Appliance wall mount, that he would get the right of first refusal.

But, given that it will surely make my best six for 2017, I am guessing it will be sticking around.  I am thinking the Spaulding-Gorham prongs will also make the best 6!

Thanks for another epic trade TC.  There have been so any over the years, and I look forward to the next one!

So, what happened at Brimfield?

I know it has been a few days since I blogged, so perhaps I should catch up.  Yes, we went to Brimfield!

Of course, I might as well fill you in on all the other minutiae…

On Saturday, the lovely personal personal trainer, headed off island, while I stayed and completed further finishing touches on the wine shop.  And, as the appropriate hour, I hopped on the boat, and headed over myself.  The afternoon, and the following day, was spent mudding and painting our mainland digs, and also a little further prep for the Brimfield adventure.

On Monday, I headed down early, to check into the house we rented for the week, and also to pick up Tommy from the airport.  Along the way, I passed countless antique stores that were all closed given the early hour.

A bit after my departure, the lovely, who painted her way out of the kitchen, headed back to the boat to pick up our friend Alison would also be joining us for the Brimfield trip.  They plan was to pick up some additional groceries (I already had the wine) and meet up at the rental house.

Tommy’s plane arrived as scheduled, and it wasn’t long before we were back at the house.  He had brought a few corkscrews for show, tell, and possibly trade.  And, I had done the same.  He is rather desirous of the Western Appliance wall mount, and Tommy had recently acquired a Gorham Sterling prongs, that I really wanted as well.  He also brought along a couple of unusual pieces that he recently picked up, one that looks to be a patent from the back of O’Leary.  I have long felt that it is a good idea, when the opportunity presents itself, to be able to handle and examine new discoveries.  What are the functions?  What does it look like in person?

A little wine was consumed, and at that point no trades had been completed.

A little later, a message came in from the lovely, that they were about 20 minutes away.  And, upon their arrival, we popped some Champagne, and toasted our third Brimfield adventure together (third with the four of us, I have been going for for a decade or so).

The evening was spent with convivial conversations, but still an early night, as we would be waking up early, for Brimfield Day One!

Brimfield Day One:

Day one started early.  By 4:30 in the morning,  Tommy and I were on the road to the show.   Sue and Alison would catch up with us later.  After parking the truck, we wished each other luck, and headed off in different directions.

There were many corkscrews to be had, but largely of the Williamson, Clough, and Walker variety.  And, of those, pretty much of the common Williamson, Clough, and Walker variety.

Over the course of the morning, Tommy and I would cross paths, and eventually ran into Barry.  For the most part, the conversation went something like,

“Anything yet.”

“Not really.”

And, we would then part ways again.

In the final field of the day, however, there were a few better corkscrews available.  Tommy picked up a Murphy button, and Barry unearthed the find of the day; an Aaron Austin Toilet Necessity in really nice condition.  As it is a double for Barry, Tommy was hot for it.  I have no doubt a deal will be made between the two of them at some point.

I had a few nice little finds over the course of the day.  Early in the morning, I happened upon a simple t-pull with brewery advertising; Rochester Brewing…  At the hefty price of 8 dollars, I figured it was a good thing.  Later the morning, I happened on the identical corkscrew with different advertising.  This time for Genesee Brewing.  It was a bit more than the Rochester, but it makes for a good pair.

There were a couple of perfumes, which will go into the lovely’s collection, a couple of mechanicals, a Nylin patent, an interesting figural fish marked DENMARK, and a really nice Anri Bacchus stopper–missing the cork.  The cork will be replaced and will remain in the collection, although there is little reason for a wine stopper in our house…

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Not a bad day one.  Of course, there were lots of other things for sale!

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In between, the lovely and Alison arrived, and we met up for a picnic lunch; tail gating on the truck.  Following lunch, they girls headed off on their own adventure, and we would get messages when they ran across a corkscrew.

With all of the fields of the day having been visited, we called it a day.  According to our various devices, it showed that Tommy and I had traversed 14.6 and 13.5 miles over the course of the morning/afternoon respectively.

As has become tradition, the evening was spent with wine and stories of the day, and a Taco Tuesday dinner.

It was, again, an early evening as Wednesday would be an early start.

Brimfield Day Two:

On day two, I headed down to the kitchen and proceeded to consume several cups of coffee.  Tommy soon came downstairs, and we were once again headed to the show.  The first field opens at 6 am, and we rolled into the parking lot at 5:54.  Hightailing it to the gate, we were walking in with the awaiting crowds, just as the field opened.

In the first aisle, I found an interesting Anri Monkey nutcracker, but the price was pretty high.  I still toyed with picking it up.  In the end, I left it behind, but let a friend who collects Anri know where it was.  I did pick up a couple of things in the field; a flash was the first purchase of the day, this was followed by an Atlas Beer opener/pencil, and this was followed by a Murphy patent bell with the spike.  I have lots and lots of Murphys, and this indeed is a double (or quadruple, if you want to get technical).  Still, it is a good thing, at a very fair price.

After a bit more hunting, I ran into Tommy a booth where a particular dealer always has corkscrews.  There was a really handsome Henshall with an interesting button and bone handle.  I got to witness Tommy’s negotiating skills in action.  Still, the dealer was a little less inclined to drop much in price, so we walked away.

We meandered a bit through other fields for the next hour, and in anticipation of the 9:00 field opening, headed over and grabbed a seat.  A few minutes later, Barry joined us, and we discussed how the show was going so far and also gave us a chance to catch up on recent finds.

As the field opened, the lovely messaged to say that she and Alison had arrived, and would head over to the field.  I had picked up a few things in my wandering; a few more perfumes, a Sterling roundlet (in not great shape), and few other interesting bits.

The 9:00 field, was eventually followed by the 12:00 field.  Not much there, and Barry and I crossed paths multiple times.  We actually found ourselves in one booth at the very same time, reaching for the very same corkscrew.  But, 35 dollars for a Hercules seemed a little steep to both of us, and similarly both of us opted to leave it behind.

There were, however, other things to buy at the various fields…

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After exhausting the various fields, Sue and Alison decided to head off to Litchfield for a bit of an adventure, and TC and I decided to head off further afield, and do a little antiquing before meeting back at the house for the nightly show and tell and wine.  This was followed by grilling a few filets, and a trade.  Yes, a trade!

Between TC and I, it was quite the pile of corkscrew and openers accumulated thus far…

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Brimfield Day Three:

Day three started, a little less early, and I drove Tommy back to the airport–amongst other corkscrews, the aforementioned Henshall was in his suitcase, as he went back to the dealer and attempted negotiating the price again.  The dealer stood firm, and Tommy sprung for it.  It is a pretty cool corkscrew, after all.

After dropping TC off, and heading back to the house to help check out, I returned to Brimfield for Mays; which opens at 9 on Thursday.  Walking the line, I didn’t see Barry.  I wondered if he had decided to skip, and start the drive to New York and then back home to Florida.

I wandered the aisles, and at the fourth tent, picked up a nice Murphy with acorn handles; one of the earlier ones.  Two aisles over, I picked up a Bridgewater patent coffin guy.  The price was fair, and I had traded my last one to Leon on his visit to the island.  It was nice to find a suitable replacement.

Not much in the way of exciting corkscrews, but a few pieces.  And, I managed to find another perfume for the lovely.

After one more traversing of the fields, I headed off to say goodbye to a few dealer friends, and hit the road for Rockland, and the following day, hopped the boat back to the island.

For those wondering, there were a few other things to buy in Brimfield on day three…

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All in all, a pretty good Brimfield adventure.

General Appliance Co.

Several years ago, I was sent a collection of past best sixes.  Not the actual corkscrews, but binders of photos and printouts of various collectors best six corkscrews from years prior.

Interestingly, some of these best sixes consisted of a single photograph, some would be a typed up report with several photos, and still others would be a little more elaborate.  As I paged through the volumes of photos, when I got to something I hadn’t seen before, I make note of it.

In one particular best six, was a fuzzy image of a wall mount corkscrew.  I scanned it, and with a little photoshop, enlarged it so I could get a clearer image.

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Okay, maybe not so clear.

But, I knew that eventually I would find a similar one.

Fortunately, there was a description of this wall mount attached to it, so I did have an idea of what I was looking for…  a “General Appliance Co.” wall mount.

After years of searching around, a General Appliance Co.” wall mount corkscrew is heading to the island…

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Marked GENERAL APPLIANCE CO.  SO. CHARLESTON W.VA. PAT. PEND.  this very well could make my best six of the year.

Of course, now the hunt for information on General Appliance Co. of So. Charleston will begin.

Let’s see if we can’t find some literature about this unusual wall mount.

Stay Tuned!