New Old Stock

As the story goes, when I was first collecting corkscrews, the lovely and I were in Maine on a quick getaway.  And, armed with my 5 dollar budget for each corkscrew, it was pretty cool that I came away with a few decent corkscrews.

One of those first few was an 1876 double helix Clough, and while I have told the story before, I regretted the purchase a little at first, as it was so perfect, I wondered if it was new.

It wasn’t new.

What had happened was that the dealer had run into some “new old stock.”

It was genuinely an 1876 double helix Clough, but it was recently discovered–with several others–in an old barn/warehouse.

Shortly after moving to Chicago, on eBay there appeared an identical new old stock Clough double helix.   In looking closely at the listing, the seller was in Maine, and after making a purchase, I inquired if they had others.

It was indeed the same dealer, that I had met in Maine, and I negotiated to buy the rest of his new old stock.

The majority of these–close to a dozen–ended up going with me to the CCCC AGM that year, and they were dispersed across attendees’ collections via the buy and sell.

Interestingly, just the other day, I was traipsing across Montsweag flea market, and towards the end of the field, an older dealer was there, and amongst his wares were two new old stock 1876 Clough double helix corkscrews.

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Given it was this vicinity of Maine where I made the purchase of that first new old stock Clough…I couldn’t resist.

I bought both.

And, the price was still within my 5 dollar budget…

 

Walker Pegs and the Auction

Okay, sometimes I can’t help myself…

I really like the Walker peg and worm corkscrew.

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And, so when one recently appeared on eBay, I just had to have it.   It makes a nice addition to the Walker peg collection…

One will probably note, that I have an extra Walker worm, missing the peg.

If anyone has spare, I would be happy to take it off of your hands.

On an collectorcorkscrews.com auction note, the listings start ending tomorrow.  Be sure to check them out!

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.