Bar Mount Auction Lot
There was an auction house located in New York which had several lots of corkscrews up for auction. There were some interesting lots, but I held back on many of them because the shipping cost alone to get a lot of about 10 vintage Champion bar mounted corkscrews shipped to me would be pretty cost prohibitive. I was able to win the one lot that I was interested in. There were several nice bar mounted corkscrews, a Lund Lever, two interesting corkers, as well as some bycatch. The last picture shows the bycatch. I know that one is a vintage shotgun shell reloader, but I'm not sure what the other tool is for. Possibly a cherry pitter? If you think you know the answer, leave a comment.
We recently took a little trip to Jefferson, TX. It was a nice little town with at least 12 antique store/malls. Unfortunately we left without any corkscrews. Sadly this has become a common occurrence. We found a few corkscrews, but nothing rare and way overpriced. One mall did have 2 mounted displays of corkscrews, but again, way overpriced. I did however win some nice corkscrews on some of the usual auction sites this past month. First is a nice carved stag horn with carved deer head and antlers, an ivory pocket utensil set with unusual cross engraving to the handles, Thomason corkscrew, and a nice brass Merritt bar screw.
ICCA Auction results
The April ICCA auction ended a few weeks ago and while I didn't have anything listed for sale, I did end up purchasing this lovely pair of 2 pillar corkscrews. The one on the left has an interesting inscription on the handle. "Keep to Dollis". The definition of Dollis is "Also called: dolly bird, dollybird old-fashioned, slang, mainly British
an attractive and fashionable girl, esp one who is considered to be unintelligent." Could this have been a bachelor party gift? Would the fiancee not have been insulted? If you have any idea what the meaning could have been, leave a comment.
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