I had to do quite a bit of research on this piece and was able to locate only 2 others. One priced at $295, and one at a corkscrew museum priced at $225.00. That about floored me, but you can check for yourself. Just google William Bennitt Corkscrew 1883'.
But even with the information I obtained, I just can't bring myself to ask those kinds of prices. I'm offering mine for $55 (discounted 50% from $110 due to an upcoming move and I need to clear out many items).
Mine has a great patina and I will leave it that way for the new owner. It has acorn tips and a bell cap. It is 5.5 inches long. The bell has the words "Pat. May 15th 1883" but some of that is hard to read without a jewelers loop or magnifying glass. Its a bit hard to believe that something 130 years old can still be in this great condition.
When shipped, postal insurance and deliver confirmation will be mandatory. Since those two options are for both of ours protection, I split the cost with the buyer. Buyer to pay delivery charges of $7.95.
REMEMBER, someone will have to sign for the package when delivered.
SHIPPING COST INFO:
I do combine shipping on multiple items purchased as long as all items will safely fit into a single box. However, my web host is not set up to calculate multiple item shipping costs. At checkout, you will be charged full shipping price on each item purchased and I will refund the appropriate amount of overpayment. If you are uncomfortable with that, you can send me an email with your zip code and stating which items you'll be purchasing and I'll calculate the correct combined shipping charges and send you a custom invoice.
Also, every January the postal service increases shipping charges. This year, many price increases were a bit steep with some package categories adding as much as a dollar on to an already high shipping charge. I try to absorb some of the new charges but that's getting harder with each increase.
International shipping charges also took a tremendous leap. International shipping will now depend on the country. Buyer must contact seller for international shipping charges before making a purchase. Seller reserves the right to void any international transactions where contact has not been made prior to purchasing.
All items in my listings come from either estate or garage sales. I do not know if they came from homes where smoking or pets were present. All items are sold in the same condition as when I received them.