what say you???

I am in the process of narrowing the list for what will be the best six of 2020.

And, there are 3 that are definitely going to make the best 6.

So, feel free to weigh in on what also should make the list.

Here are a few to choose from, that aren’t in the top 3…

and, the count down begins…

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…

Frary, Frary, Frary, Frary

This morning, a listing came up on eBay for a couple of catalog pages from 1890’s Dunham, Carrigan & Hayden Co. catalog,

And, while I don’t collect catalog pages, the images shown were pretty cool, as there are four Frarys pictured on one of the pages…

In the literature from the time, there is a reference made to a Frary catalog that features his corkscrews. If any of you find it… I would be interested.

a few teaspoons…

As mentioned the other day, during the most recent collectorcorkscrews.com auction, I picked up a Sterling spoon with folding corkscrew.

As many of you know, I have lots of medicine / dosage corkscrews, and it does seem that the spoons generally have some uniformity of size–a teaspoonful of medicine…

or alternatively:

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down

The medicine go down

the medicine go down

Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down

In a most delightful waaaaaaay

But, I digress…as I am want to do.

If you are wondering, all three of the spoons pictured above do really hold a teaspoonful (yes, I actually measured)

I have larger spoon with corkscrew that has been in collection for some time, and it holds 3 teaspoons.

So a tablespoonful.

(yes, I measured that one too).

There are other medicine spoons with corkscrews out there, as well as variations of the Zeilin dosage cup with corkscrew.

And, I would love to add others to the collection. If you have a dosage cup with corkscrew, or medicine spoon with corkscrew, drop me a line.


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:


–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?

Blank / No Advertising

Still looking for:


Any other advertising Noyes-es in your collection?

Greely # 3

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?

If so, what sizes are they?

Where’s Wallace?

As mentioned the other day, I have long had a multi-tool corkscrew in the collection that was missing the fold-out blade.

So, it was a place holder of sorts, until I would be able to acquire a complete one. And, a complete one is enroute to the island.

While I have yet to hear of a signed / marked example of this particular corkscrew, could this be the 1908 Wallace patent for a Combination Tool?

Clearly there are differences between the corkscrew as pictured, and the patent drawing…

Still, this leads me to a couple of questions for the corkscrew collecting world.

Do you have this combination tool with fold out corkscrew that carries a patent mark, or maker’s mark?

If so, how is it marked?

Alternatively, do you have the Wallace patent as shown in the patent drawing?

A few wins…

Well, that was exciting!

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.