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!

 

a few arrivals, and looking ahead…

Over the last few days, there have been a few corkscrew arrivals in the post office box.  And, while I was quite pleased to have the Gold Knight and Olympic opener show up, much of our time these days are focused on our upcoming ICCA and CCCC meetings, and we are excited to host all of you.

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Both the Gold Knight and the Olympic opener didn’t disappoint.   In fact, both are in better condition than expected.  The Opener with corkscrew will find its way into the collection, and the Knight will be put up as trade bait, as it is indeed a double, or if you are keeping track of previous knights, and octuple; as this is the eighth one that I have found.

As far as the meetings, we are putting finalized details on reservations, looking at side trips, and finalizing menus and wine lists.  We are looking forward to sharing our little part of the world with all of the attendees, and are really excited to host all of you at our home on the island.

$87.99 buy it now, or best offer

Everyone likes a deal.

And, there are times when sellers of antique corkscrews put a price on a corkscrew without knowing the real value of the corkscrew that they are selling.  And, there are other times when those putting antique corkscrews up for sale, do a bit of research, to find out what the current market value is.

The other day it was the former, rather than the latter.

I was in between writing beer and wine orders, and decided to take a glance at eBay.

And, what was the first listing that came up but a Syroco Knight with a buy it now with a best offer option.

The buy it now price was an unbelievable deal at $87.99; but it had a best offer option…

Best offer?

Should I???

I fought every fiber of my being to try to get it for less, and clicked the buy it now button.

Promptly paying, the deal was done.

It’s National Wine Day

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May 25th, is National Wine Day!

Of course, at our house, every day is Wine Day…

What wine will you be uncorking?  And, what corkscrew will you be using?

Feel free to send in pictures of the wine you open today/tonight, and the corkscrew / cork puller used to remove the cork.  I will publish them here (email me at Josef@vintagecorkscrews.com )

Speaking of, we did manage to pick up an interesting corkscrew over the last couple of days.  While it’s a double, it is a pretty cool piece.  The Silver Knight Cork Puller, made by the O’Brien Mfg. Co., of Chicago

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Since it is a double for us, if you are looking for a hard to find Silver Knight corkscrew, drop me a line, perhaps we can make a trade.

“…this new cork screw is likely to become an instrument of dishonesty…”

From the October 1878 issue of New Remedies

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Among the minor novelties which the Paris Exhibition offers, is a new cork drawer that appears to deserve mention.  It consists of a hollow handle and two metallic strips; one of the latter is pushed down between the cork and the neck of the bottle on one side, the other on the opposite side.  The handle is then applied, as shown in the cut, and, owing to the smoothness with which the metallic strips slide on the glass, even the tightest cork may be extracted, without damage, from the bottle.

The chief use of this cork-drawer is to save the loss of a large quantity of corks in case a large number of bottles of wine, as it sometimes happens, is found to have deposited a sediment, and requires refilling.  The corks may be withdrawn uninjured and may be re-inserted afterwards.

On the other hand, this new cork-screw is likely to become an instrument of dishonesty with others, since it will enable them to refill wine-bottles repeatedly, and to re-insert the original branded corks, thus palming off inferior wines for better brands, after the original bottles have been emptied.