My bags are packed and I'm off to Romania. The highlight of the trip is sure to be the corkscrew museum at The Museum of Romania Records which contains the world's largest collection of corkscrews consisting of around 38,000 and I'll be adding a few more to the collection including these 2 rarities. The one on the left is a rare Dickson patent corkscrew with a ratcheting system built into the handle; a rarity on its own, but this one is the only known example with a wire helix. The one on the right is a rare single lever corkscrew parked Pelican Patent; also the only one known to exist.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Some recent acquisitions from Ebay including this beautiful figural Sterling bird talon as well a a nice nickel barrel Thomason type corkscrew.
Another ebay find, looking better after some minor cleaning and restoration work. The handle is ivory and features a family crest consisting of a knight atop the phrase "Sans Grainte". While it seems to be unmistakable that it says Grainte rather than Crainte, it would appear that the latter makes more sense as it is French for "Without Fear".
I've always been a fan of the bar mounted corkscrew. They have the ability to open multiple wine bottles using a single motion and even though many of them feature the same mechanism, there is a large variety of vintage bar mounted corkscrews. This one just arrived today and is titled the Daisy, produced by the Arcade Manufacturing Company of Freeport Illinois and patented January 15, 1895. Stay tuned, more bar mounted corkscrews are on the way.
I was lucky enough to win this beautiful piece on ebay recently. The handle is carved ivory with inlaid Sterling silver grape leaves and clusters as well as a Sterling collar above the shank. The majority of the ivory has been "inked" which is very unusual unless it is done as a monogram or family crest. Nonetheless, this is an absolutely flawless corkscrew and a great addition to the collection. Don't be surprised if it makes its way to the grape themed board featured in An Ongoing Project.
I'm constantly adding new corkscrews to my collection. Any new finds as well as articles which may be of interest to corkscrew collectors will be posted here.
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