ICCA Auctions sale #28 ended a few weeks ago and while I didn't have anything listed this time around, I did manage to win a couple of lots.
First is a beautiful art deco version of a Champion bar mounted corkscrew which I plan to use in my home instead of the modern version that I'm currently using. Next are 3 unusual American multitools. The last and rarest corkscrew is a Weir's double lever patent. The odd thing is that I never actually placed a bid on this item, but ended up winning through some kind of glitch. In fact, I was driving at the time that the bid was placed. I reported the issue, but then decided to go ahead and keep it since it was such a great price.
I've also got some new additions from everyone's favorite auction site. Both are fairly unusual. The first looks to be a homemade single lever corkscrew. The second is a wood handled corkscrew in the shape of a barrel with a twisted shank.
Installation of the new wine racks began yesterday and should be completed today. There were a few hiccups and modifications needed, but it should look nice once its completed.
I won this fairly inexpensive stag horn corkscrew on ebay, but as you can see, it could use a little polishing. In addition, one of the 2 silver pins that keeps the end cap attached was missing, so it was easy to remove the end cap.
I lightly cleaned the stag horn with a damp towel, polished the silver end cap, reattached the end cap with a new silver pin, and finally polished everything with Renaissance wax.
Some new arrivals that came in this week. A Carved boars tusk corkscrew with silver end cap and a stag handled Henshall type with serrated button.
In other news, my wine racks have now been stained/sealed and are ready for install. Hopefully that will happen sometime this week.
I've been buying and selling modern bar mount corkscrews for several years now. Many of the ones that I buy come with stands and well, they've piled up. So I decided to take them to the metal recycling place to see how much they were worth. I ended up taking these 25 stands which weighed 143 pounds for a grand total of...........$3.53.
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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