A & P

As mentioned the other day, I am on the Lowenstein patent corkscrew hunt.

And, recently a trade was made that sent the yellow version of the A & P advertising corkscrew to the island.


An advertisement for “THE GREAT A. & P. TEA CO’S. EXTRACTS,”  it’s a nice little piece to add to the collection.

Any others out there.   I have lots of trade bait?  Do you have a Clough-like corkscrew with a advertising hang tag?




The other day, I was perusing eBay, when I saw an interesting lazy tong corkscrew.

At first glance it looked to be a normal Ideal, but instead of IDEAL and Brevete, it is marked for Jaboulet Vercherre:

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A Burgundy producer.


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I do have a thing for corkscrews with advertising, so I snapped it up.

A neat variant of the Ideal.


taking a moment

Well, word has been coming out that our various club meetings have been cancelled; JFO, CCCC, ICCA, and as of today, the upcoming Collectorcorkscrews auction has cancelled the April auction.

Sue and I are practicing social distancing from others as much as possible.

I know, that this is a strange time, and I long for us to return to normalcy.

Although, I doubt that normalcy will be at all normal.

So, given that so many of us are working from home these days, let’s get some corkscrew conversations started.

A couple of years ago, I had readers send in photos of their favorite corkscrews, or their ugliest corkscrew.  How about what is your most wanted corkscrew; your holy grail!

Send in photos, and I will post them here.  You never know, maybe someone has an extra of what you are looking for!

I will post my own tomorrow.  The corkscrew I would love to add to the collection above all others.

Finally, I am thankful for all of you, and I look forward to when social distancing is no longer the norm, and we can return to social embracing.

Stay safe, and hunt for corkscrews!

Rabbit 99

I have been considering what best 6 corkscrews should make the best 6 corkscrews for 2019, and this morning I am reconsidering what best 6 corkscrews should make the best 6 corkscrews for 2019…


as this morning at the post office what should I pull out of the box, but a rabbit.

No, not this rabbit…


A very cool lever corkscrew, it is faintly marked PAT. APLD. FOR.


And, interestingly, the levers are marked with 9 and 9.


A really cool addition to the collection…   Will the Rabbit Ear Corkscrew make the Best 6 of 2019?

Could be!



Just over a decade ago,  I received an email with an offer of “two iron corkscrews.”  The images were promising, but also a little off-putting as the worm on one looked…wrong.

After going through the various books I had at the time, and sending off a couple of emails, I decided to go look at the corkscrews in person.

We were living in Massachusetts at the time, with the two corkscrews were in some random antique shop in Connecticut a few hours away.

Prior to starting the drive, I exchanged emails with the seller, and he confirmed that they would be waiting for me, and several hours later I was in the shop.

A group shop, the actual seller wasn’t present, and at first glance, neither were the corkscrews.  After a phone call to the seller, we came to find out that the corkscrews had been placed in a brown bag inside an armoire/hutch.

I pulled the two corkscrews out, and one was more of the common variety, and the other was a lovely early two pillar corkscrew with what ended up being a very nice  worm–it was just poor photography and lighting that gave it that off-putting look, and it was also marked J. PLANT.

Ultimately the signed J. Plant found its way into Barry’s collection in a trade we made that year at Brimfield–I believe it made his best 6 that year, and one of the corkscrews that he traded to me in exchange made mine.

So, the other day, I was again sent a few images of some corkscrews that were available.  And, one was most intriguing, as it was yet another two-pillar, but it looked like it might also be marked.p1.jpg

With a little brightening, it did look like there is some lettering on the collar.

And, with a little photoshop and enlarging the image, it does sort of look like PLANT…




After another email exchange, clearer photos came through…




A deal was struck.

Actually, a deal was struck before the clearer images came through…

And, the PLANT (and a few other corkscrews) will soon be arriving on the island.

Dr. Bull’s Cough Syrup




CONTAINS 4% ALCOHOL, and other valuable remedial ingredients

For Coughs, Colds, Hoarseness, Bronchitis, Grippe Cough, Croup, Whopping Cough and Measles Cough; also to relieve cough of asthmatic and consumptive patients in incipient or advanced stages of their disease.

(Revised Formula)

Originally prepared by the

Rev. Dr. J. W. Bull.


This Clough Cough corkscrew came up for sale the other day, and I had to add it to the collection!