I acquired these two interesting corkscrews recently. The one on the left came from Ebay while the one on the right came from a very obscure source, from which I've only purchased one other corkscrew in a 10+ year period. The one on the left looks to be from England while the right corkscrew is unmistakably American. The left example has a beautiful bulbus diamond cut shank and serrated button.
I initially thought that the right example was a rare example of an R. Murphy Boston corkscrew due to the shape and size of the button. After doing a little research I realised that the only similar example I could find was a boars tusk handled corkscrew sold by Robert Leopardi. His version was hallmarked for Simon Bros whereas mine is simply marked Sterling. When looking at examples of R. Murphy Boston corkscrews, they rarely use materials such as stag horn, never use Sterling, and are almost always marked on the shank. This corkscrew breaks all of those rules, as does Leopardi's version. If anyone has any more information on this mystery corkscrew then feel free to chime in.
Lots of exciting new finds in transit. Check back soon.
We had a wonderful time in Portland, Maine at this years CCCC meeting. If you're not familiar with the Canadian Corkscrew Collectors Club, or CCCC for short, it's the largest corkscrew collecting club. It's quick and easy to join and membership is inexpensive.
We spent 2 days in Portland buying, selling, and trading corkscrews. I purchased the set with the ivory handled utensils inscribed with the name CAPTAIN AW JENKINS from Don Bull in a previous auction, and was lucky enough to snag a similar set inscribed with vines and flowers. If anyone has any information on Captain Jenkins then please send me an email. Several of the other corkscrews below were purchased at the live auction.
Once the meeting was over, we headed to Vinalhaven, Maine to see the L'Africain collection and eat lobster. After lunch, I digged through Josef's junk box and found some gems which were promptly purchased. It's a good thing I brought an empty bag to get all these corkscrews back home to Dallas.
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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