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!

a few days away

I have spent the last few days avoiding my corkscrew-blogger-to-the-world duties, as I have been otherwise occupied.

The big corkscrew news, is that the latest auction began accepting listings on the 18th, with bidding starting on November 1st.

Who knows what will turn up this time around?

The other news, is that after some waiting, the Syroco Corkscrew book has arrived; in limited quantities.


This shipment was limited to 10 copies, and 8 have already been spoken for.

So, if you are looking for a copy of a fabulous coffee table style book consisting of 330 pages of the Syroco and Syroco Corkscrew story, it is available for $80.00 + shipping.

I have two copies left.

For those of you that have requested a copy, that live in outside the United States, Ion Chirescu has several copies that he also can ship, and shipping costs would be less than from the U.S.

Update:  Sold out for the time being!



Brother Placido Vogliotti

Okay, I am pretty sure that Placido Vogliotti wasn’t part of Christian Brothers Winery in California…


But the 1910 the Italian patent by Placido Vogliotti with folding Folding collar does turn up on occasion with the marking  THE CHRISTIAN BROTHERS, FROMM & SICHEL, INC., SAN FRANCISCO, CA. / 1908.


And, the other day, I managed to pick one up for a song–not that I actually sang.


Since I focus on American corkscrews, this will probably be offered up for trade.

Anyone need a 1910 Christian Brothers Vogliotti?  Drop me a line.


the Symes Building

In 1906 the Symes Building was built in Denver, Colorado; having been designed by the architectural firm of Hunt and Hunt of New York.

It was one of the first steel framed buildings in Denver and housed the downtown Woolworth’s store on its ground floor for years.


Judge George Gifford Symes was a Judge in Denver who had the structure built on 16th and Champa streets, after the original building burned in 1905.

The building used steel framing; the “other” Chicago style, as compared with Chicago style hotdogs, which do not use steel in their construction…


Why are you telling us this, you might ask yourself…

So, on a favorite online auction site, I just picked up a Williamson Roundlet that advertises the Symes Building in Denver.


Marked “COMPLIMENTS OF THE SYMES BUILDING BUFFET, SYMES BUILDG, DENVER,” I wonder what libations were available at the buffet?