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Giant MECHI Peg & Worm Corkscrew. Giant MECHI Peg & Worm Corkscrew. - 08/30/2013

  Pictured below is a stunning giant peg and worm corkscrew marked MECHI, the piece is 7.5 inches in length, the largest example I have come across. This piece is clearly stamped MECHI once on the worm shaft. I was offered the piece from an Austrian dealer to whom I am very greatful, it fits in my collection well as I have a good selection of early peg and worm corkscrews.         ...

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Seaside, Ice creams, Racing and Corkscrews!! Seaside, Ice creams, Racing and Corkscrews!! - 08/18/2013

This weekend saw lots of excitment for the Webb family. Jack had three bike races to attend, the first being at Paington, in sunny Devon me dears!! This race was a Criterium where they close the roads to hold many races over the day. I was waiting for an important corkscrew to arrive from the States, helped on it's way by good friend Tommy, thanks Tommy it arrived safely. More about that in another blog.   We decided to leave home early in the morning and visit a few antique centres on the way. Jack was looking for small penknives and I hoped to find a corkscrew or two.We stopped in Honiton where there are several antique shops plus more importantl...

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Barry Taylor's Corkscrew Story. Barry Taylor's Corkscrew Story. - 08/15/2013

How I started collecting corkscrews  - Barry Taylor In 1990, my wife and I had moved to our current home in Michigan and were looking for interesting kitchen gadgets to display on the kitchen wall.  In May of that year, I was visiting my father in England and on a Tuesday morning happed to be at the shopping center in Milton Keynes the day of the weekly antique market.  I had some time to spare so why not take a look around the market.   Looking through the market, I stumbled on a few simple wooden tee handled corkscrews and thought these might work with some other gadgets for a display in the kitchen. Back in the States, I stopped at some...

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Robert Leopardi's Corkscrew Story. - 08/15/2013

How I got into collecting corkscrews by Robert Leopardi I have been selling wine for a living my entire adult life, assuming that I am an adult. So it was only natural that I would gravitate towards old corkscrews. I was a history major in college and I have always been fascinated by old, well crafted items.  But that is only the backround to my story. I have a friend from back when I was 14 years old who grew up and took over his family’s business. The business was selling Art. They had galleries in Princeton, N.J. and later in Manhattan. So I was exposed to great 20th century abstract ar...

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Tommy Campnell's Corkscrew Story. - 08/15/2013

From baseball cards in my youth to Beanie Babies in my twenties, I’ve always been a collector.  Yes, I said it…Beanie Babies!  I couldn’t help myself.  It was always the thrill of the hunt and finding a treasure!  Then one day Josef L’Africian and I were on the golf course and he said “Tommy, I think you should start collecting corkscrews.”  I simply asked him “Why?”  And he said “Because it’s much more mature than collecting Beanie Babies.”  To this day I am forever grateful that Josef pointed this out to me.   Josef gave me a copy of Don Bull’s “The Ultimate Corkscrew” so I could start to see wh...

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Ron Smith's Corkscrew Story. - 08/15/2013

I am not sure about this story...this Ron Smith guy is obviously a corkscrew collector or is into corkscrews in some way. He often comments on articles and blogs on the website, some comments are positive some are not but I rarely remove comments hoping to encourage more people to comment. Obviously Rons Corkscrew Story is tounge in cheek.....so here it is!!!!     From a very early age, almost as soon as I could talk, I have wanted to collect things. Firstly it was just detritus from the street most of which I saw for the very first time and so found curious and fascinating. My parents encouraged me and so soon I had a dead hedgehog, lots of t...

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Unusual Two Pillar Steel Corkscrew. Unusual Two Pillar Steel Corkscrew. - 08/02/2013

I have recently been contacted by a fellow British collector, he ownes the very unusual 2 pillar Steel corkscrew shown below. I promised to feature it on this website so here it is.       You can see from the image how the piece differs from the norm....the worm extends right up through the hollow shaft and into the bone handle. If anyone has a similar example or has in...

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Latest Find. Latest Find. - 08/02/2013

I recently found this silver pocket corkscrew, the added bonus is it's marked with the makers initials on the base.     The image below shows the makers mark clearly. JW, most probably Joseph Willmore the piece is British for sure and is in stunning condition.   ...

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Jack Bandy's Story... Jack Bandy's Story... - 07/21/2013

Jack D. Bandy's Corkscrew Journey   Someone once said that as much as we try to plan our lives, ultimately they are controlled by accidents. Well, I was involved in one such mishap on a lovely day in April, 1967.  It happened in Lone Pine, California, a small town in the Owen's Valley north of Los Angeles.  I had taken my wife with me on a short business trip, and on our return home to Los Angeles we took the opportunity to do some antiquing.  It was while browsing through a small antique shop in Lone Pine that I happened to see a weird looking machine laying on the floor under a table among some old kitchen utensils. Examining it a few moments...

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Brian May's Corkscrew Story... - 07/21/2013

Why I collect: Brian May   My story is not very exciting. On 10 September 2006 I saw an unusual corkscrew at an antique store in High Street, Strathalbyn, a very English type town, south of Adelaide. It was marked “Victorian Armstrong Corkscrew (folding)” with a note that the corkscrew appeared in “Millers Collectibles page 185, 2001”. It was in an appalling state with an appalling price tag. It was unusual to see an old English corkscrew and I was particularly impressed that such a corkscrew should be listed somewhere, and as well it folded. I bought it.  This was my first corkscrew. Then a short time later Nick Hunt appeared on...

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