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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Dec-Jan 2013
Get a bottle open NAME: Bruce Crane CLUB: Murdoch Combined, WA I COLLECT: Bottle openers, corkscrews and horse brasses I HAVE: approximately 380 I live in Canning Vale and collect bottle openers, corkscrews and horse brasses. I have about 150 bottle openers, 60 corkscrews and 170 horse brasses. I spent ten years in the navy, five as a submariner. You tend to spend a lot of time in the engine room and there's not a lot to do except polish brass, so that had something to do with getting me into it because a lot of the bottle openers are brass. I started collecting in the late 1970s. One of the first brass bottle openers in my collection came from my uncle in England who was the bursar at Hertford College at Oxford University. It was in the shape of a riding boot, possibly from the college's canteen. My uncle sent it over after he discovered wine from the Margaret River and thought I should be rewarded for it. The collection really went from there. Now every time I see a secondhand shop I pop in, but I only collect bottle openers and corkscrews that are different to what I already have. I don't collect for the sake of it. It's the same with horse brasses -- I think I have almost all of them. I'm a bit of a brassaholic. Some of the bottle openers I have are 100 years old or more. I have wooden, brass and steel ones and they come from all over the world, including England, Italy, Thailand and all over Australia. One small corkscrew I have is for a perfume bottle, with a mother of pearl handle. Another one is an upside down pineapple I found in Barcelona's gothic quarter at the end of a Mediterranean cruise. I also have a couple of brass bottle openers with ceramic pictures on them that I got in a little shop below the Acropolis. I've collected them all myself, I get great enjoyment in finding them. That's the beauty of this collection. Most of the collection is catalogued and in individual plastic bags, stored in plastic boxes that sit under the bar. One that's nearly always on display has a skull and cross bones, which is what we submariners fly going in and out of a harbour. I've just come back from talking at a retirement village. I like to bring along a couple of trestle tables and a cloth, lay out my collection and invite people to talk about it. People might say things like "my granny had one just like that" . I also take along a flagon of sherry for happy hour, but now they all come with screw tops, so things have changed. I'm not fanatical. Bottle openers and corkscrews are cheap and easy to collect. It's just a fun thing to do that doesn't take up much time. Some people do get fanatical and unless your partner is into the same thing it can be a burden on them. But my collection is easy and doesn't impact on our life. One of the first brass bottle openers in my collection came from my uncle in England who was the bursar at Hertford College at Oxford University. Brooke Miles
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