|November 2005 - A collectors plea by Peter Borrett
Well, I'm just over three years into my corkscrew collecting addiction as I pen this article, a similar timescale
to my good buddy Chris Bristow. I had to laugh the other day when we spoke on the phone. Chris asked me
if I'd found anything new? I think he was expecting a different answer to the one I gave. "Yes, I have" I said
quite excitedly. "I've finally found the Double Dog corkscrew with the registration number". He responded "I
can't believe you're still looking for those" My reply "WOOF"!
Well, each to their own. As far as I'm concerned the quirkiness & charm of these charismatic figurals are
worthy of any corkscrew collection.
Dr Frank Ellis has written a wonderful monograph that you can find at corkscrewnet. It discusses registered
British figural corkscrews from the first found reference, registration number 254376 of 1895 for a silver
salmon to registered designs of the 1950's. The article clears up many mysteries of the various corkscrews
found with a registration number. The information is based on hours of research by his wife Barbara &
himself, with further help from the CCCC members.
My main area of interest within these registered designs are the various free standing figurals. Pretty much
from when I started collecting corkscrews I took an active interest looking for these designs & have been
lucky to find a goodly number with the registration mark. It got me thinking though...Were all these
corkscrews produced originally with the registration mark? As It seemed to me that some just didn't surface
with the mark at all. After a couple of SOS emails to Frank, he responded with a resounding YES/NO/Maybe.
Well of twenty two corkscrews - yes to twenty & no but maybe to two (Based on you never say never).
Following this helpful information I went through my collection to find out exactly what I had & what I needed
to complete the set. You'll find the results below, together with comments from Frank that I hope will help you
& your own search if you are so inclined.
If you have a registered design with the magic numbers that's missing in my collection below & you want to
trade or sell please drop me a line - good trade bait awaits or there's the wife's shopping money - your