Best Six for 2002

October, 2002

Best Six for 2002
  1. This is a controversial item. Sometime during the 19th century a Frenchman needed a left arm ... an arm that was to serve as the one that was never given to him at birth or the one that was raped from his body in some long forgotten way. But, of course, we are not concerned with whether the fellow lost his limb in an industrial accident, via a birth defect, in a duel or because of a fierce animal bite. The fact that his stump needed something is enough for our purposes. All this aside, the fitting-plate close to the artificial wrist is brokered with a 180 degree rotating non-swiveling tightening device that allows the user to affix useful attachments to the artificial arm. When delivered to me the 'package' came with a left hand powered by a spring loaded thumb, a hook, a fork and a corkscrew. Is the corkscrew real or was it added by some unscrupulous seller who felt that the value of the arm would be worth far more if he could market it as a 'one-of-a-kind' corkscrew. "Short of placing the bottle on the floor and pirouetting himself into the cork how did the man drive the auger into the bottle?" Fair question! "He held the bottle in his right hand and screwed the bottle up into the screw!"
  2. Is one variation of the Heeley "A1" Double Lever. This one is not uncommon though its immediate neighbor to the right is shinier and has more writing on it.
  3. Yes, shinier and with lots of words on it, this Heeley "A1" even has a slightly different operating system: its shoulders are allowed to rub against the lifting plate which would make it far easier for a one handed man to pull the cork without tipping the bottle on its side.
  4. Is a nickel plated open frame with an ebony handle that sports matching plated caps on each end. It is marked "Diamant JP Paris Bte SGDG".
  5. This is the rarer of the two versions of Tucker's single lever; due to its knuckle protecting turning shaft. Rarer still is the fact that its bracing tine is forked.
  6. An aluminum Argentine corkscrew made during the 1950's. It did not come from the private collection of Eva Peron.

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