This past weekend I was lucky enough to score 3 days off in a row, so I decided to hit the road antiquing! After a quick Google search, I discovered that there was an Antique Show in Allegan, Michigan.
Hmmm… Barry Taylor’s neck of the woods…. Enemy territory (Barry’s my friend not an enemy, just building excitement)
YUP! I’m going! (went actually)
This was my first time going to the Allegan Antique Show, and it was great! Loads of dealers and I did happen across a few corkscrews.
Almost immediately I came across a pair of Wood Patents. One with the corkscrew and one without. And of course both without the sliding opener piece. It was reassuring that I would indeed at least find something worth buying at the show. 🙂
As I’m scouring through the next building I suddenly hear a familiar voice…
“So that’s why I’m not finding any corkscrews!”
Always fun to see a fellow collector out hunting antique corkscrews! We exchanged a few stories and both decided to keep hunting as we’ll have more time to chat in 3 weeks at the ICCA and CCCC AGM.
Besides running into Barry, there were a few more highlights of the Allegan Antique Show to mention… I did manage to find a couple corkscrews worth buying. First up is a Fancy Handle Haff Patent! Note the bulbous handle and metal end caps. Barry mentioned that he saw this piece along with others in a booth, but decided to pass on it…
The other corkscrew that I bought was a Murphy Bell with Spike! Nicely marked on the shaft R.Murphy Boston, but also marked on the bell… YES! On the under side of the bell it reads: R. MURPHY HARVARD, MASS. PAT APRIL 23, 1901!! Super rare find and hidden amongst a pile of Williamsons…! Score!
Peter has been into the straight razors, and I saw this one for $5. Couldn’t pass that up! And the leg penknife is unusual? You mostly see the shoe version of these. I don’t recall seeing the full leg before? Either way the price was right. Happy Day!