ooooh, something shiny

Over the last week, on eBay, there was a fabulous Perille Express waiter’s corkscrew that was  garnering lots of bids.

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Knowing that this would go for a pretty penny, I kept it on my watch list, and the corkscrew listing ended today, for bargain price of $ 3,559.27.

(I didn’t win it)

And, it came with the box!

Such a fabulous corkscrew!

The Milam history hunt continues

While I am still on the hunt of the history of the Kentucky Cork Extractor, there is definitely some history out there about the Milam’s in Kentucky and the fishing reels they made.

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And, Milam reels are quite sought after, by the way.  You all might to keep a look out for them.

That said, as I am working out the history of the company, and when John W., joined his father in the family business, I did find a picture of the inventor of the Kentucky Cork Extractor…

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And, of course, here is his invention: The Kentucky Cork Extractor…

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I have no doubt the story will end up as an article at some point, but until then, the hunt continues…

Catching up a bit…

I recognize that it has been a few days since we last talked…

Or, that I last wrote, and you last read, so I figured we should catch up a bit.

The lovely bride and I have been hopping back and forth from the island to the mainland a bit.  First to spend a few days with friends for the Thanksgiving holiday–we supplied the wine, oysters, and lobster, they took care of the Turkey…

and also to do some construction projects on our house in Rockland–the latest was replacing a supporting beam / header in the stairway–if you were taller than 5’9″ descending the stairs would inevitably result in a bump on the head, or alternatively knocking yourself out, should you not duck.

In the 1880’s, when the house was built, the builder must have been a bit shorter than average.

So, I put in a post to support the floor above, cut away the old joist, and installed a new one a few inches back.  This allows for a little headroom, and reduces the risk of concussion whilst traipsing up and down the stairs–unless you are over 6’6″.

After ensuring that we were properly supported, we started framing in a new bathroom on the second floor.  I met with a plumber yesterday, and tomorrow I head back over to put in a couple more walls.  By the weekend, it should be pretty much ready for the rough-in.

Meanwhile, while we are not on the mainland, we are on the island with normal day to day activities; Sue teaching exercise classes and me running the wine shop.  And, of course there is a bit of corkscrewing going on.

No fantastically rare finds as of late, but I have picked up a couple of interesting pieces here and there.

One a Marwood registered corkscrew, and the other a Nogent Chrome knife with folding corkscrew.  Neither are American, so they are destined to be traded, but both were fairly priced.

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Also, we have registered for both the 2019 ICCA and CCCC meetings in Lofoten, Norway and Stratford upon Avon, England

We are super excited for our next adventure, and today we will start booking out hotels.

And, this morning, I am editing a few submissions for the upcoming issue of The Bottle Scrue Times.  A fun issue to put together, as this one (largely) focuses upon the Maine Annual General Meeting.

Of course, as we close out November and look to December, we have one month left of the corkscrew collecting fiscal year, and choosing a best 6 for 2018 will soon begin.  What will yours be?

Stay tuned…

 

A few acquisitions…

Over the weekend, the latest collectorcorkscrews.com auction took place, and lots of corkscrews changed hands.  A few bidding wars broke out, and there were a few that made their way into our collection.

The lot with the most bids, and actually the high dollar lot in the auction, was a lovely Japanned Thomason.  And, it is NOT headed to Romania

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I had a few up for auction, and sold several.  And, as per usual, I bought one or two; a Sterling medicine spoon

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(I have several of these, but the medicine spoon / dosage cup corkscrews are a growing part of the collection).  If you have any extra Zeilin patent corkscrews laying around, I would happily add them to the collection, in particular this one:

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The other corkscrew I picked up is the large version of the Walker.  I have long wanted one of these, and this will actually be headed to the wine shop for display.

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There were many others in the auction that I would love to add to the collection, but they made their way elsewhere.

And, while you were all bidding, I had an email exchange with a collector who had an interesting prong puller in their collection.

It looks like a Converse, but I gather it is a little bit later.  Still, given the amount of advertising Converse cork pullers in our collection, it will make a nice fit.

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Have any of you ever had a Gopher Gulch cork puller?  From researching Gopher Gulch, I would gather this is a 50’s – 70’s piece…  Still, pretty cool!

It is making it’s way from the west coast as we speak, and I will add better pictures when it arrives.

 

 

Syroco Corkscrew Book update

I will be building a website for the SyrocoWood Corkscrews & Decorative Accessories book in the coming days, but for those that have expressed interest, I thought I should provide an update.

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While a few copies were published in time to introduce the book at the ICCA and CCCC Annual General Meetings, the book will go into real publication in January.

10.JPGSome copies will be sent to the states after they are published in Romania, and will be available for distribution from Tommy Campnell, and of course, they can be ordered directly from Ion Chirescu.

That said, I have been taking contact information from those that are interested in purchasing a copy, and will forward that information on to Ion.

So, feel free to drop me a line at josef@vintagecorkscrews.com , and I will add your contact information to the growing list.

 

Oh, there were more corkscrews…

Following the official Annual General Meeting of the CCCC, all attendees were invited to visit our home on Vinalhaven, and many decided to make the trek; a foggy rollie ferry ride followed by, wine, food, wine, beer, wine, food, and of course corkscrews!

A good time was had by all!

And, those that were extending their stay an extra couple of days on Vinalhaven; the Vrijlands, Tommy Campnell, & Zalazniks had a bit of a lobster feed that evening, as 15 lobsters were delivered.  

In between, there was a bit more wine, the lobsters ended up in a couple of pots until they were sufficiently steamed, but not before the great lobster / corkscrew duel took place…

We raised a glass or two.  And, of course, there were corkscrews.  

At some point, James asked if he could get into the junk boxes, and I let him have at it.  This was followed by Tommy going through the junk boxes, which was followed by Leon going through the junk boxes.

Deals were made, and we went back to corkscrewing around, with more wine.

The following day, the Zalazniks departed, as did TC, and a few of us hopped a lobster boat to get a tour around the island.

This morning it was farewells to Leon, Saskia, Nic, and Alice. 

It was wonderful to share our home with such fantastic friends these past two weeks, and we hope to see each of you very soon. 

 

Voigt Detroit and the CCCC AGM

After a bit of cleaning up from having 52 corkscrew folk at hour house on Vinalhaven, we have been readying ourselves for the next AGM, which begins tomorrow!

So, we are about to hop on the ferry to the mainland, where we will put together name tag and welcome packages, and then being the trip down to Portland for the Canadian Corkscrew Collectors Club Annual General Meeting.

I have picked up a few more corkscrews to bring to the auction and buy and sell, and it will be fabulous to see everyone.  Photos and stories to follow.

That said, I happened on eBay the other day, and what should appear but another advertising Davis patent.  This time for Voigt Brewing, but this example only has the advertisement of VOIGT DETROIT with a V.

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Another nice Detroit to add to the collection!

For all of you traveling to the CCCC AGM, safe travels and see you soon!