fredFred Kincaid, the inspiration behind, died on 1 October at the age of 78.

Fred had been unwell for several years but our coming sale is the first time he has not been fully involved in the site administration, including the vetting of all the auction listings. Those other volunteers who are now trying collectively to fill this role are currently getting a better understanding of just how much effort Fred has put into establishing and managing this site since 2008.

While many other collectable categories (eg watches,tools knives,silver etc) also have online sales and auctions,we believe stands out as a wholly voluntary effort for a relatively small and obscure collecting is the work of many,in particular Fred’s co-administrator Barry Taylor, but it is accepted that it was Fred’s baby. It wasn’t just his idea, he put a great deal of his own time into setting it up and managing each sale. And perhaps just as importantly he provided leadership. Which means he had a great ability to “sell” it, to get others wanting to be involved. A great skill in a voluntary environment.

Fred was a very dedicated corkscrew collector for more than 20 years and he was driven to spread the word about this delightful activity. Since our launch in 2008, Fred has taken great pleasure in the growing number of registered participants on the site-now well over 1000. We could have had more registrations by restricting access but Fred wanted to maintain free access to the database for all visitors to the site.

In recent years corkscrew collecting has stood out for the erudition of its collecting cohort. The first major work was “Corkscrews for Collectors” by Watney and Babbadge in 1981 In the latest major Corkscrew book “World Class Corkscrews” by Bull, Giulian and Paradi, there is a recommended reading list of 81 books. In addition there are many published papers and scholarly contributions in the publications of our collecting clubs. Increasingly these publications are going online. In this environment, Fred Kincaid’s contribution has been relatively unknown outside the CCCC and ICCA where he has been a very active and constructive member over the past 20 years. Instead of traditional publishing, Fred focused on the new tools and medium of computing and the internet as a way to link existing collectors and to reach out to new participants and he chose to do it in a collegial and
anonymous manner

Fred was also the driving force behind Screwbase, the computer based corkscrew database. Fred pitched the idea of Screwbase to 3 other well known collectors (Joe Paradi, Frank Ellis and Fred O’Leary) way back in 1998 at the CCCC meeting in the Napa Valley. Screwbase remains an invaluable resource, more comprehensive in it’s coverage than all the corkscrew books.

Farewell Fred