Not everything that I purchase is a corkscrew. Oftentimes you have to purchase some bycatch (as I like to call it) in order to get that one rare corkscrew which happens to be in the lot.
I've had some pretty good finds this past month or so. I guess that we should talk about the elephant in the room first. The large oversized "art display" corkscrew I won at a non-Ebay auction for a very reasonable price. It looks to be artist made. The end cap is not Sterling, but does have some decoration which would be found on similar corkscrews. The horn seems to be cow horn and the helix is not sharpened, so I can't actually be used for opening any really large bottles. I have a small collection of oversized display corkscrews at my office, but this one is twice the size of any of those corkscrews, so I have yet to figure out where to put this thing. Other corkscrews include an unusual gold gilt/washed Clough twisted wire corkscrew, a rare non-worm cork puller, a Sterling silver single leg corkscrew, English sheathed corkscrew as well as an English T handle with cork grippers. Lastly is a nice stag handled corkscrew which was given as a trophy for men's double rowing dated 1900.
After a trip to the post office, tracking down my neighborhood postman, and waiting around at home a few days (that's the last time I request a signature), I finally received this beauty. By the look and feel of it, I don't believe that it has ever been used.
If you collect enough corkscrews then you're bound to end up with a couple that are missing their original glass eyes. I have three such corkscrews which have been laying around for a while waiting to be repaired. I finally got around to restoring them and here are the results. If any fellow collectors are wondering how I was able to restore these: Years ago, I was able to find a seller on Ebay who sold glass doll eyes. It's been years since I've checked if these are still available since I stocked up on a few sets years ago. Hope this information helps you bring some eyes back to your corkscrew collection.
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