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If you read my previous blog post about great deals then let this post serve as a reminder that those deals are few and far between. I found the corkscrew below on a non Ebay auction site and probably paid more than I should have to win it since it turned into a bidding war. This corkscrew is an English pocket corkscrew that is gilt in gold. These corkscrews are fairly common, except for the gilt in gold part. I struggled to find a similar example of a gold corkscrew like this, but I would presume that this came from some sort of set and would have been used for opening perfume bottles. Unfortunately the tip of the helix is missing, but the gold plating is in excellent condition. I bid on this item because it was exceptionally rare and even with the damage to the helix, I am happy to have acquired it.
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