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Walpurgis Night corkscrews (2) from Harz Mountains Germany

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Listing Format: Auction
Current price : $625.00
Starting bid: $450.00
# of bids: 6
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Location: Wirtz, VA
Started: 1/25/2014 EDT
Ended: 2/2/2014 4:32:00 PM EDT
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A pair of brass barrel corkscrew with badges depicting a witch on a broomstick and marked HARZ.  The handle of the left example has the initial R on one side and an anchor on the other. The other has a horn handle with brass mounts.  


April 30 is “Walpurgis Night” in the Harz Mountains of Germany. On this night witches are believed to ride on broomsticks to places of old pagan sacrifices.  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) wrote in Faust, “Now to the Brocken the witches ride; the stubble is gold and the corn is green; There is the carnival crew to be seen, And Squire Urianus will come to preside. So over the valleys our company floats, with witches a-farting on stinking old goats.”  Brocken is the highest mountain in the Harz.


I am offering for sale the wine antiques collection of Carroll Johnson.  A very discriminating collector, Carroll sought wine antiques in very good condition for over 35 years. Over 200 of Carroll’s wine antiques are shown in the book Wine Antiques & Collectibles. These include cradles, coasters, tastevins, bin labels, bottles, chariots, coopers’ tools, vineyard tools, corkers, bungs, and much more. A handful of his 2000+ corkscrews are also shown. Carroll became a member of the International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts in 1989 at the invitation of Bob Nugent.



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