a quick look around

This morning, I had an appointment in Portland, Maine and was supposed to meet up with a colleague at 8:15, before we headed to another locale where a meeting was to take place.

And, given the distance between Rockland and Portland (about an hour and forty-five minutes), I left a few minutes after 6…

Being September, there are still a fair amount of tourists around, so there can be some traffic.

So, I am meandering down the coastal route one, when it occurs to me that it is Wednesday.  And, Wednesday is the antiques day at Montsweag Flea Market.

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I couldn’t speed up, as there are cars in front of me, so I figured when I got close, I would check the arrival time on my iPhone, and make a decision on whether there was enough time to wander around, or maybe I could come back on the ride back up to Rockland later in the day.

As I crested the hill, I could see all of the vendors setting up, and given that I was about 10 minutes a head of schedule, I probably had enough time to make a quick walk through and hope that there is a corkscrew (or two) worth buying amongst the various wares.

As I pulled in the lot, there was a space right up front, which would also allow for a quick getaway.

I pulled in, and scampered off.

Making my way up one aisle — no corkscrews.

Then circling up and back down the other side — no corkscrews.

On the opposite side of the field — no corkscrews.

And, I am running out of time…

Then, as I was walking by one table that was still setting up, a corkscrew was soon within my reach.

Me:  “How much for the corkscrew?”

Dealer: “$ 20.00”

Me: “Do you have any others?”

Dealer: “A brass key, and the corkscrew goes in it, but I don’t know where it is.”

Me: “No worries,” handing the dealer a $20.00, bill and hustling back to the truck with my new found treasure.

Back on the road, according to my iPhone, I was going to be rolling in right on time, but I would be cutting it close.

But, apparently through the magic of iPhone/GPS mileage v. time on the road, I pulled in 2 minutes early.

One corkscrew in the field to be had, in those early hours of dealers setting up.  But, the early bird did get the worm!

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And, it’s a Frary!

Frary’s Self-Extracting Corkscrew to be exact!

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Now, I am pretty sure this is a double (or a triple), but how fun to find a Frary corkscrew on a few minute detour from your appointed rounds!

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Frary Sullivan Bar Screw

The other day, within the suitcase of corkscrews was what looked to be the handle and helix for a bar mount corkscrew.

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In seeking information on what bar screw this might be part of, I sent the picture to bar-screw-guru Wayne Meadows…

Within short order, he responded that it is part of the Sullivan, and sent a picture of his complete Sullivan.

Of course, the Sullivan, which is usually unmarked, on occasion has been found with a Frary signature, as Frary produced the Frary Sullivan.

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Well, since I already have the handle and helix, now we need to find the rest of Frary Sullivan.

If you have a Sullivan corkscrew with a broken helix, missing helix, or heck…if you have a complete one, I am looking and would be interested in adding it to the Frary collection!

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Drop me a line.

From a 1903 DUNHAM, CARRIGAN & HAYDEN CO. catalog

From an 1903 DUNHAM, CARRIGAN, & HAYDEN CO. catalog:

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The two corkscrews illustrated up top, are both Frary Corkscrews.  Interestingly, what DUNHAM, CARRIGAN, & HAYDEN CO. are calling the No. 240, wasn’t illustrated within 1889 copy of The Iron Age: A Review of the Hardware, Iron and Metal Trades, which was where Kenneth Cope found the images that identified the corkscrews as made by Frary in his book Kitchen Collectibles; this same issue of Iron Age became the basis of my article Finding Frary, which you can link to here.

There are some collectors that have asked me, was the non-hammer-non-ice-pick Frary a production item, or was it that their hammer and spike had gone missing.

Well, this clearly answers the question!  A production corkscrew, that cost 25% less than the Ice Pick and Breaker Version!

No. 240—5 inch, Self Drawing, Revolving Bell, Convex Twist, Cast Steel, Fancy Iron Handle, Full Nickel Plated .. Per Doz $6 00

241—5 inch, Same as above, with Ice Pick and Breaker …………………………. $8 00

Dozen per box

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