traipsing around Madrid

Yesterday consisted of a bit of walking around Madrid, and as is often the case when we travel (beyond corkscrews) our traipsing around involves visiting food markets. And, true to fashion, our morning began with seeking out Mercado de San Anton.


As we both love to cook, and given we have an apartment with a full kitchen, why not pick up a few things…





Still, given that it was early in the day, and we didn’t want to carry that much, we figured we would return on our way home and stock up.

So, we headed off in another direction, enjoying the sights of Madrid–with our next stop being the Thyssen Museum.

While they have a fabulous collection, they currently have Vogue like a painting exhibit which is also worth a visit!



Following the Thyssen, and a much needed coffee, we were off again, exploring the city and oddly enough turning up at another food market!





After exploring the stalls of Mercado de San Miguel, we both agreed that it was time for lunch and we preferred Mercado de San Anton… So off we went; retracing our steps and purchasing some semi-hard goat cheese, some Ribera del Duero and Rueda (why not have two bottles) a lovely tenderloin, and some potatoes and asparagus–this ultimately became dinner.

A lovely day out and about.

(yes, that is the lovely personal personal trainer in an Antique Archeology tank).

Best 6 (almost) midway through…

As we are closing in on the halfway mark of the year–which in itself is a little hard to believe–I was going through the corkscrew case, and started looking at what might be the Best 6 thus far.

For me, when I select my Best 6, is isn’t always the most valuable, or even the most scarce. Often it pertains to those that have the most appropriateness of fit in the collection. And, given the focus on those corkscrews patented in the United States of those that find their origins in the United States, an unusual Curley may make the list over an interesting Thomason for example.

That said, there have been several acquisitions that would definitely make the list, had I not already had an example; Tucker, Barnes bow without cutters, Frary with Hercules frame, for example…




Still, given that these (most likely) won’t be staying in the collection, they (most likely) won’t be making the list.

So, at this point, I am thinking the following are the Best 5 thus far.

And, I have no doubt some of these will indeed make the list by the end of the corkscrew-collecting-fiscal-year. Of course, I have no doubt there will be still others added over the next 6+ months that will make the decision that much harder (or easier).

1.Over Sized Walker Bell

2.Nickel-plated Frary with decorative handle and spike

3.Silver Knight

4.Vise-O-Lift (no surprise here)

5.Curley with embossed handle

We are still early in the year, with much hunting to be done. And, who knows what will show up in Spain and Romania at the AGMs? Or, what will turn up on my next trip to the mainland. Or, Brimfield. Or Union, Or, Montsweag, or….

Stay tuned.

a great weekend

The lovely bride and I flew into Chattanooga on Friday, and while she went spa-ing for a couple of hours, I met up with a bunch of CCCC’ers. Austrian Keys were sold to Wayne, and we all chatted about corkscrews, corkscrews, and some more corkscrews.

It was great to meet some collectors with whom I had only previously exchanged emails, phone calls, and corkscrews. As well as reconnect with old friends.

The next morning was the sale, followed by the meeting, and then the auction. Dinner was also fantastic highlighted by a duck boat tour, and a walk through the Chattanooga aquarium (some pictures are below).

I didn’t do much buying at the buy and sell or the auction. But, I did pick up a couple of syrocos and a gucci corkscrew.

The weekend was topped off with a visit to John and Martha Morris’ cabin which was filled, and I do mean filled, with a fantastic collection of corkscrews. American patents were everywhere (as were countless other corkscrews) and it was a wonderful way to end a great weekend.

Trades were proposed, plans were made, and the corkscrewiness will continue soon as the ICCA meeting starts on Wednesday!