In yesterday’s Brimfield recap, I did mention a trade.
Yes, a trade.
A few weeks back, Tommy picked up an Sterling and Ivory handled Gorham prong puller that resembles a Converse. It shares many similarities with the Converse patent, with the biggest exception being that instead of the 1899 patent date, it reads STERLING 97, and SPAULDING-GORHAM–the sheath is also marked STERLING
Spaulding & Co., originally was S. Hoard & Co., but in 1920 was bought by Gorham Mfg., and changed the name to Spaulding-Gorham Inc. The name remained until 1943, when it was changed to Spaulding & Co, in 1943. So, we can at least but date range to the cork puller; somewhere between 1920, but before 1943.
In a 1941 Spaulding-Gorham Catalog, they feature a similar cork puller. The lines are pretty similar, but it is described “Wine Cork Puller, sterling, and is illustrated with a Sterling handle, rather than one of Ivory and Sterling.
Do any of you have the Spaulding-Gorham that is entirely Sterling?
After Tommy picked it up, we had discussed trade. And, he threw out several options that would seal the deal. That said, after I picked up the General Appliance wall mount with corkscrew, that was what he really wanted. But, given that I had been trying to find that particular corkscrew for well-over a decade, I just didn’t want to part with it.
The conversation went back and forth over the course of the Brimfield adventure; scarcity, rarity, desirability, value, etc… And, it continued with possible trade scenarios.
On Wednesday, Tommy presented another offer. We had batted around a couple in the preceding days… Folding Greeley patent and the half sized signed Clark, in exchange for the Spaulding-Gorham prongs.
I thought about it for a minute or two. Tommy has a thing for the smaller (but not miniature) corkscrews, and I have thing for Converse and other prong pullers, so after grabbing a small Hall’s Red Devil Skull poison indicator corkscrew from his stash and placing it next to the prongs, I agreed.
I also promised, that should I ever begin to trade and/or sell the General Appliance wall mount, that he would get the right of first refusal.
But, given that it will surely make my best six for 2017, I am guessing it will be sticking around. I am thinking the Spaulding-Gorham prongs will also make the best 6!
Thanks for another epic trade TC. There have been so any over the years, and I look forward to the next one!