The Virtual Corkscrew Museum's Daily Newspaper
Wednesday, December 3, 2003
Wirtz, Virginia - The corkscrew shopping spree continues in the 1947 Bar Mart catalog.
The Bar Mart waiter's friend is described as "Pocket Corkscrew. There's an added feature to this folding corkscrew and bottle opener - it's a keen blade that will cut seals on bottles, or help you with your whittling. This is hte type of corkscrew carried by waiters in restaurants and bars. Keep one the house and onother in your pocket or car. No. B542, $3.95 each."
Our shopping adventure will continue...
My First, Best and Worst Screws
I read an article on corkscrew collecting in March 2000 in our local antiques magazine. The same week I had dinner with my daughter who opened a bottle of wine with an J. A. Henckels (top left). I duly confiscated this corkscrew and became a collector. This was my first screw. My (sometimes) unsympathetic wife has been known to call it my "trivial pursuit".
I think my best find so far is the MOP handle Dutch silver pocket corkscrew with sheath. Bottom unscrews for a pipe tamper or seal (top right)
My worst? Must surely be the Lund single lever which the "experts" in South Africa tell me is a fake, replica or copy. I am told they surface all over Europe and should you agree could maybe warn your readers. In my defense I might add that when acquired it was all black with grime and only when cleaned became this all over coppery colour, so it might even be old. The rather distressed worm is marked DAY & SONS CREWE Ltd.
Wouter van der Merwe, South Africa
©2003 Don Bull, Editor