Strange combination but I found two Pommery Champagne items and two sardine related ones this week. First, somebody brought me this unusual Champagne nippers with a built in cork grip with advertising for Pommery Sec. The interesting part is that they bear an American patent from 1880. (for sale here)
American patented combination Champagne nippers/cork grip.
Then, I found this very French sardine advertising plate from the turn of the century, a cannery from Brittany which is a plus for me! (available here), The sardine can fits in the center, framed by little bisque sardines…too nice!
The sardines Amieux are the best, of course!
At the end of the day, my dealer friend Janet brought me this interesting sardine can opener which seems to borrow the three bladed wingnut from a French double action corkscrew, pretty neat! I also has a cap lifter at the end, beer and sardines, that sounds good!
Combination sardine can & bottle opener.
To end this “good things come in pairs” story, I picked up on Monday a 1930s chrome and bakelite “Pommery & Greno” Champagne bucket in perfect condition. (for sale here)
Pommery & Greno Champagne bucket in crack-free bakelite!
Last week at the market, I couldn’t help but buy this bottle of 1926 vintage Moet & Chandon Champagne; although its merits may be limited to salad dressing, it does have a decorative value; interestingly enough was imported by a New York company…during prohibition??? A bit puzzling, isn’t it?
Still full, but I don’t know about the fizz!
These were my two finds in the corkscrew department at Brimfield, this week:
An original large size 1795 Henshall patent corkscrew
nice quart size Henshall.
And an erotic devil corkscrew, which I believe to be of French or Spanish origin, not so old but nice quality.
The devil, complete with horns and pointy tail.
Last weekend at the flea market, I bought this fun French figural corkscrew.
Easter is coming…
His aluminum round head, reminded me of something…and I realized the bunny corkscrew had a whole family of peppermill relatives, here are some I dug out of the Tavern’s archives:
The peppermill relatives.
I still have a monk in inventory on this page.
What’s new?….a collection of 20 drop-down bottles figural cap lifters. The Tavern’s shelves are getting quite full!
20 bottles in a row
We keep ’em coming in, here at the Tavern…this week we got cigar punches, corkscrews, casters, propelling pencil, etc…Some Champagne advertising ones, some Whiskey ones, most dating before prohibition era, a number of these are featured in the Tavern’s inventory.
the bottles of the week!
At the Tavern this week, we took in more Williamson bottle roundlets, some with nice unusual labels:
ten in a row.
And also some Champagne figural cigar cutters:
Champagne & cigars anyone?
The roundlets are available on this page and this one and the cigar cutters are featured here and there.
I’d like to share this great liquor store picture from the Tavern’s library, definitely turn of the century, shelves loaded with pre-pro bottles (J.H.Cutter Bourbon, Benedict Old Maryland rye, Wilson’s distilling Co. Whiskey, etc…). On the right, you can see a gentleman standing by a Whiskey barrel with a bung hammer in hand and hose, getting ready to syphon some of that liquor in a bottle. Bung hammer were used to tap the barrel around the bung in order to get it loose, see a nice advertising one for sale here.
Pre-pro liquor store, ready for business!
Love the slogan “Bartender’s boxing glove”!
Sounds like the title of detective novel…but it’s only the acquisition of nine Williamson bottle roundlet corkscrews and a bullet at the Tavern this week. You can see them for sale there and also on this page. There are a mix of top & bottom mounted ones, interestingly enough, the later 1900 patented ones are always marked with the 1897 patent date. Some pics…
Some rarer labels in there…
The two patents.
After a bit of silence for this beginning of the year, things are moving again! Please visit the re-vamped Andre’s Tavern website, now complete with a check out system!
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