MY "BEST 6" for 1996 is a bit more complicated than in prior years. Not only have I acquired six "traditional" corkscrews, but I have had constructed a corkscrew balloon. But, first things first:
- This dual barreled pistol has two corkscrews as triggers to fire the gun. And when the trigger is pulled back further a knife snaps open at the front. It is probably French.
- Here is an unusual compound lever corkscrew. It is a Weir's patent of 1877 (so marked). It is also marked with the initials "J.H.S" with the letter "B" underneath. Presumably this stands for James Healey and Sons of Birmingham.
- This rare item is J. Pitt's patent of 1882 (U.S. # 262,613). It is marked "IMPERIAL MFG CO, CHICAGO, PATD AUG. 15, 82."
- Here we have Sperry's pump lever. This American item was patented on May 28, 1878. The replaceable worm was the novelty.
- The fifth item is Tucker's American patent of 3 September 1878.
- The final traditional item is marked "J B & SONS".
Jean and I are looking forward to seeing everyone in Barcelona.