Death of a Corkscrew
I won a nice looking Safety corkscrew on eBay. Not that I necessarily need another Safety corkscrew, but it was a pretty good price, so why not? Unfortunately this one died on 9-16-22. The seller sent me a refund and let me keep the broken corkscrew. Not a total loss, but I would have rather had it show up in one piece. Be sure to pack these heavy bar mounted corkscrews well because they have a tendency to break during shipping.
Its been years, and I mean several years, since I've found a decent corkscrew in an antique store. So many years that I've pretty much written off the possibility of finding any type of great corkscrew, but I'm happy to say that my streak of bad luck with antique finds has finally come to an end.
We recently took a little trip to nearby Abilene, TX. A fairly small town with a handful of antique stores. It became clear that there hadn't been a fellow corkscrew collector in town for some time because not only did I find some great corkscrews, but also some really great prices. My first find of the trip was a beautiful painted Syroco clown which I found within 2 minutes of walking into the store. The painted version of the clown is my favorite of all of the full-bodied Syroco corkscrews. How could I resist purchasing another one? and at only $50 it was a steal considering that I sold one of these clowns several years ago for $1,400. Although the market for Syroco corkscrews isn't as strong as it once was. At the next antique store I found a Napier bar shaker for a reasonable $15 and then a pewter gnome miner at another antique store for $8. If my fellow collectors are reading this, just know that there are still great finds out there. They may not be common, but it is nice when you finally find one.
Corkscrews weren't the only finds of the trip. I also bought an orange "Blendo" pitcher and drink set for the vacation home (not pictured) as well as these two girls at a feed store. Meet Olive Tapenade and Kalamata. These two chickens are Olive Eggers which will lay dark green eggs in a few months once they're mature enough. They are a welcome addition to my flock of chickens.
I haven't purchased many corkscrews lately, no whole collections or or huge lots at auction, but what I lack in quantity, I hopefully make up for in quality. The 3 corkscrews below were all Ebay finds. First is a rather large tusk corkscrew with Sterling end cap followed by a nice little Sterling roundlet that I won with a decent Buy-it-now, and finally a large carved German figure with internal music box.
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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