Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Antler and Sterling Corkscrew

Wouldn't it be nice to uncork your next bottle of wine with a corkscrew like this?  Corkscrew collectors are a breed unto themselves.  They search high and low for the most unusual types.
Corkscrews have been around for centuries and have had significant changes in their technology and design, so the lustful collector will never tire of the hunt.  This one was sold on eBay for $125.

Carved African Woman Ivory Bust
This intricately carved bust of an African woman is one I acquired from a Washington, DC estate.  It is was carved from pre-ban elephant ivory.  Pieces like these are no longer imported into the United States.  It stands about 3" tall and is in immaculate condition.  It has a retail value of about $200.