If you've read my blog before then you're probably use to me being unable to find any decent corkscrews in antique stores and coming back home empty handed save for the corkscrews which were acquired online during my trip. Fortunately, on this trip I was able to find a few corkscrews in an antique mall as well as some decent internet finds. Not all of the corkscrews that I found in the antique malls were winners (see photo below of a $2 corkscrew handle missing the screw).
In my last post, I talked about this interesting corkscrew that I had acquired at auction. When I purchased it, it was so tarnished that I didn't even realize that it was ebony as well as silver until it had arrived. Up until then, I had not seen another example, and upon researching, I still hadn't found another example. That was until soon after another one showed up at a different auction house, but this example features two knives built into the handle. So I did the most rational thing that I could do, which was to buy it at any cost. I was able to find a similar corkscrew (same shank, helix, and knives, but different handle) in a friend's collection which was marked Gorham. Let me know if you have seen one of these beauties or if you're lucky enough to have one in your collection.
I was lucky enough to win a few lots from a few different auction houses lately which had some good finds as well as some best six contenders including a handsome double boars tusk corkscrew, stag horn corkscrew with carved dog head, boars tusk with a carved dog chasing a wild boar, an interesting Sterling silver and ebony T handle as well as some others.
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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