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The Great British Weather!! The Great British Weather!! - 01/18/2013

The January Shepton Mallet Antiques and Collectors Fair was scheduled to start this morning.  The weather forcast for the weekend was predicted to be snow in the South West of England.  I went to bed last night ever hopeful that the weather man as more often than not had got it wrong and the snow would miss us.  Woke up this morning at 6am to see 4" of snow had fallen, for once the weather man was right and I was snowed in!!!       For yo...

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Facebook, New Articles and more Blogging. - 01/16/2013

Well here at www.corkscrewappraisals.com we are finalling moving out of the dark ages and into the 21st century,  we have just joined facebook !!   We have little idea how things work and will no doubt learn whilst making various  mistakes.  After initally joining last week we decided to also join the corkscrew collectors group on Facebook, which at present has over 100 members.  Well at least we think we have joined !!  There are many names that are familiar in this group but also some that aren't known to us.  We are sure it is a place where we will make many new co...

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Corkscrewappraisals Website Anniversary. - 01/14/2013

www.corkscrewappraisals.com  This website for Corkscrew collectors has been live now for just over a year. Viewing figures have been really encouraging far exceeding our expectations. Many detailed and informative articles have been written and much indepth research carried out.  Brian May a keen corkscrew collector from Australia has been an inspiration to me and has worked tirelessly along side myself and others.  His research and enthusiasm I believe is unrivalled.  This is an opportunity to publically thank him for all his hard work!!  Other collectors too have contributed articles ...

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Corkscrews found at an Antiques Fair. Corkscrews found at an Antiques Fair. - 07/18/2012

Corkscrews found at UK Antique Fairs this year have been few and far between to date for me. The year started well, however the weather has been the wosrt I can remember in my 48 years!! This summer has been a complete wash out, more and more rain seems to keep falling. The weather effects collectors negatively. Sellers who set up their stalls on outside pitches keep their collectables covered over when the rain falls, thus buyers can't see what's on offer for them to buy. Both sellers and buyers tend to stay at home in the bad weather so often there are few sellers and little to find. Stallholders at the summer fairs seem downbeat, business is repor...

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About Me - Brian May About Me - Brian May - 06/24/2012

  Steven has asked me to say a few things about myself since I have published articles on his website but I am only relatively new to the corkscrew collection world.   I became interested in corkscrews when I saw Nick Hunt on an Australian television program with his collection. At first I did the obvious and bought a variety of cheaper corkscrews many of which are now relegated to the back of the drawer. Then I decided eventually in 2009 to buy a “real” corkscrew- a Thomason. By now I had located...

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Patent, Patent, Corkscrew. Patent, Patent, Corkscrew. - 06/21/2012

It suprises me how many different variations of corkscrew have over time been manufactured.  Regularly corkscrews come to light that I have never seen before, below is an example that falls into this catagory.       This English Straight Pull corkscrew is of a very high quality, the rosewood handle is finely turned and shaped, the shaft has interesting turnin...

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Corkscrew Image - Another Masterpiece by Brian May Corkscrew Image - Another Masterpiece by Brian May - 05/17/2012

Another masterpiece showing an early corkscrew Hello Steven When I read your blog of 05/14/2012, I was reminded of another masterpiece showing an early corkscrew, bought to my attention by Bernard M Watney in an article he wrote on silver corkscrews. He said “ Corkscrews had been in general use for less than a life span when William Hogarth depicted two of the ten revellers in A Midnight Modern Conversation, c. 1731, each with elegant silver pocket-screws hanging from a single finger”. William Hogarth (London, 1697-1764) has been described as “unquestioned father of England’s rich tradition of satire”. ...

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Corkscrews and The V & A. Corkscrews and The V & A. - 05/14/2012

Last Tuesday 8th May, I travelled up to London.  On the way I decided to stop at Kempton Park Antiques Fair, held twice every month.  All the usual suspects were at the fair, looking for the "Elusive Corkscrew".  Meeting up at 9am we all discussed our finds, basically no one found anything, even of minor interest. I hopped in the car and headed towards Richmond where I caught the tube to South Kensington in the centre of London. I had arranged to meet someone at the Victoria & Albert Museum at 11am.  If you are ever over in the UK visiting London, make sure you visit this place, it is full of unbelieveable treasures, there are even corkscre...

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Famous Corkscrew! Famous Painting! "The Rent Day". Famous Corkscrew! Famous Painting! "The Rent Day". - 05/14/2012

"Corkscrews for Collectors" by Bernard M Watney & Homer D Babbidge was the first important book on corkscrews to be published, it was packed with new information. Today decades after the books first release it is still an exciting read, any collector without a copy should rush out and buy one. Those keen collectors who know the book well will be aware of its contents which include, on page 55 a detail from The Rent Day, a painting by Sir David Wilkie.(1785-1841), painted in 1807. Of interest to corkscrew collectors is a Thomason 1802 Patent Corkscrew seen on a small round table to the right of the painting, this is one of the earliest paintings known to show a...

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New Corkscrews for Sale Added Plus Two Great New Articles. - 05/14/2012

Today I have added some more corkscrews for sale in the Corkscrews For Sale section. They include a Rare German pocket, a Rare English Coney type, a Rare German mechanical and others! Plus make sure you read the new articles on early mechanical corkscrews and Thomason corkscrews. ...

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