Some new arrivals from a collector/dealer friend in Europe. It all started with the purchase of the German mechanical corkscrew on the left with unusual advertising on both sides of the frame. Having dealt with this collector on some major purchases in the past, I was asked if I would be interested in some other corkscrews before shipping the first. I was sent a picture with a handful of other corkscrews including the Hull Presto corkscrew (center) and the Singleton patent bow (right). I quickly accepted the offer and received this lovely group of corkscrews. All 3 are very nice, rare and collectible in their own respect, but the Hull Presto corkscrew outshines the competition. I have wanted one of these corkscrews for over 10 years, and now I'm the owner of a beautiful example of this intriguing corkscrew. Don't forget to make the smaller purchases; you never know when they can lead to the bigger finds.
I just acquired this beautiful and rare silver perfume corkscrew from a live auction in the Netherlands. If you've ever dealt with a foreign auction house then you know that the hammer price is always far from the actual price. It usually doesn't make sense to bid on items at foreign auction houses once you factor in the buyers premium (usually around 20% or so), as well arranging shipping (usually around $100), and the conversion costs. It all adds up, but this one was worth it. Very rare design with the swan and nearly perfect condition; well worth the nearly 2 month wait.
I've always been a fan of stag and tusk corkscrews. These show up in a number of different shank designs and configurations. Each one is unique as stag horn is a naturally occuring product. Often sporting 1, 2, or even 3 Sterling silver end caps which are often engraved with the owner's initials. One of these is also engraved with the date 1901.
I won this on Ebay a while back by making an offer which was quickly accepted. It was in bad shape, but had potential. This boars tusk corkscrew has a lovely decoration carved into the front. It is also marked STEEL on the shank. The pictures below are after cleaning, waxing, polishing the silver, replacing one of the Sterling pins, adding a little glue to get rid of the slight jiggle in the shank, and using acetate to remove any excess glue. Even after all of this cleaning and restoration, this piece still has one glaring defect; it's missing the Sterling end cap. One of these days I may be able to find a transplant, but it's still a nice little corkscrew and a welcome addition to the collection.
I purchased these 3 Thomason corkscrews from a live auction in England and after several months, they finally arrived. Although the rarest and most valuable is the variant in the middle, the one with the large wood handle on the left is fairly uncommon as well; marked Johnson Sheffield.
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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