The Virtual Corkscrew Museum's Weekly Newspaper
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Carved wood wine holders were produced in a variety of figures.
These wine holders are hinged and the inside is carved out to fit a bottle.
The King and Queen on the left are marked MADE IN PHILIPPINES.
The other King and the Knight are marked MADE IN SPAIN.
Jesus Saves Wine
The bagpipe player has a locking collar. Inside it is marked
PAT APPLIED FOR, BARIONETTE, MADE IN U.S.A.
It appears to be molded from Syroco like material.
The monk is fitted with a plastic base.
This figure was offered on eBay with this description "We're pleased to offer this old and very unique wine safe that was made by our consigner's father in 1927. This wine safe was hand made and carved in Germany's Black Forest region by Franz Pfeifer ... this is an outstanding example of German folk art at its finest. The wood carving is that of an old man dressed in Bavarian attire. He has a pipe in his mouth and is holding a bottle of wine in his right hand. The wine safe was constructed in two parts and was fastened by two hinges ... It measures 16 inches high ... The piece is signed and dated (see below)." It sold for $296.
Reader Jean Grignon from Canada writes "Do you know this tower without any mark? I think it is not the Toronto Tower (in photo on right) but may be a tower in Germany?"
If you recognize Jean's tower, email details.
News We Missed
Readers Adam and Steve from Provincetown, Massachusetts submitted this photo with the note "June is gay pride month".
Editor's Note: We received it too late for publication in a June issue. We guess Adam and Steve got a little behind.
In the February 4 issue we ran a story about a General U. S. Grant knife. The knife had a starting bid on eBay of $2200 and did not sell.
This month the knife appeared again on eBay The slightly different description was "Civil War period 2 bladed folding knife and hoof cleaner - one blade broken - mfg. in England and marked Cranswick 59 Piccadilly - 4 7/8 inches - period engraving on one side marked Gen'l Grant on the other side 2 initials J. H. for John Hooker. Knives of this kind were said to be given to Grants Staff Generals with a bottle of wine at Christmas."
This time the starting bid was $799. It did not sell.
©2007 Don Bull, Editor