It’s November 27th, and we are just one month shy of the end of the corkscrew collecting fiscal year…
And, while COVID certainly hampered corkscrew acquisitions with the lack of antique shows, antique fairs, our annual meetings, or even a weekend jaunts further afield to visit antique shops and malls, over the next month the corkscrew collecting world will soon begin assembling their respective best sixes for 2020.
I have picked up a few pieces over the course of the past 11 months that will make my best 6, and a few that have been moved on, that will no doubt make others’ best sixes.
Over the coming weeks, I will be putting mine together, and as often the case, I will ask you all to vote on what makes the cut…
And, of course, with a month yet to go, maybe something special will turn up, and change the list entirely…
Yesterday morning, over coffee, I was perusing eBay, and a 1906 Noyes patent came up with a 5 $ opening bid or best offer.
Not that I need another Noyes corkscrew, but when one comes up with a different advertisement, I do take notice.
So, I offered, and got a prompt response. Yes, they would accept, but did I want any of their other openers–apparently yet to have been listed.
Nothing really jumped out at me, so he accepted the offer, and the Noyes will soon be arriving to join its kin.
This one carries advertising that reads:
“DRINK OLCO WHISKEY”
–O.B. COOK @ CO–
O.B. Cook was a distillery out of Detroit, and made multiple brands; Export Brand Whiskey, Knickerbocker Whiskey, Olco Whiskey, Vallonia Whiskey, and Yankee Rye.
A neat addition to the Noyes advertising corkscrew collection.
What other are out there?
BROTHERHOOD WINES CO. 328-334 SPRING ST. N.Y. Blank / No Advertising “DRINK OLCO WHISKEY” –O.B. COOK & CO.— GREEN RIVER, THE WHISKEY WITHOUT A HEADACHE LADD & CO, LIQUOR DEALERS OLD JERSEY WHISKEY, WILLIAM FRIES
Still looking for:
OLYMPIA YES! IT’S THE WATER WM. MENSTELL, 465 LENOX AVE. N.Y.
Any other advertising Noyes-es in your collection?
As mentioned the other day, I managed to pick up a dozen Greely patents in their original box.
The box arrived yesterday, and I am quite pleased.
Not only did it contain 12 Greelys, as advertised. It also 5 included sheets of instructions:
And, it included a small sheet of instructions as well.
For those of you that are longtime readers of the bloggy blog, you might remember that I previously shared an article from an 1889 issue of The Iron Age, which explained “These cork-extractors are made in eight different sizes and styles, giving a requisite variety for the different uses for which they may be required.“
Notable also on the new arrival, is the corner of the box, written is the number 3. And, all of them are new old stock 3.7 inch versions.
The larger type that turns up is 4.5 inches. Might those be # 4’s?
And, also as previously mentioned, we also have the hard to find folding version.
But this leads me to a question for all of you there, do you have any Greeleys with the wooden handle that are different than the 3.7 or 4.5 inch variety?
On Saturday and Sunday, the 983 corkscrew auction lots came to an end with many corkscrews changing hands, with said corkscrews soon to be sent off to collectors across the world.
There were a few bidding wars, a few that snuck through, and a few that garnered attention after the auction was over.
I managed to win a couple (I guess technically 14) and I am quite pleased.
The first, is an interesting multi-tool that I have been hunting for a while. I actually already own this piece, but, it was missing the fold out blade, and I have after a complete one for some time–more on this piece soon!
And, I picked up another Sterling spoon with folding corkscrew.
And, after the dust had settled, I agreed to a fair price on a box of a dozen Greeley cork pullers. I don’t really need a box of Greeley cork pullers, but it will make for a nice display amongst the other cork pullers in the collection.