The Ugliest Bottle Opener in the World

January 4, 2011


The Ugliest Bottle Opener in the World

This is the ugliest and potentially the gaudiest bottle opener in the world – but not to me.

While most little girls played with Barbies I sat with my grandmother mesmerized by her china cabinet and entertaining collection. I loved the way the crystal sparkled, the feel of the freshly pressed napkins, the cool and reflective silver settings. I had no idea what bone china was, but I knew it felt smooth, strong and fragile all at once. I marveled at how luminous it was.

I grew up hearing stories of my grandparents’ trips to Las Vegas – back in its heyday. Private planes, luxurious suites, men dressed to the nines and women in their fur stoles, heels and diamond broaches. To me it all sounded glamorous, chic and exciting. So to find this “fancy” bottle opener full of jewels and sparkles and pearls and curves? It was a treasure indeed.

I asked to see it every time I came over. I know now that my grandparents laughed about that – it was a silly trinket to them – but they let me play with it endlessly. It made me feel glamorous and I knew one day, when I was grown up, I’d have a fancy and elegant bottle opener just like them.

A few years ago I found the old bottle opener in a drawer at my grandparents house. I know now that it is not the textbook definition of elegant or glamorous, but it still made me smile. I asked my grandmother if I could have it – feeling only slightly older than 10 years old – and she said yes.

The Ugliest Bottle Opener in the World now lives at my house. Leah thinks it’s the most beautiful bottle opener she’s ever seen. That’s an eye for style right there, my friends.

In case you don’t have your own Ugliest Bottle Opener in the World, here are a few I like:

Silver bottle opener mosaic

Urban Outfitters Skeleton Key Bottle Opener, $12
Pottery Barn Antique Silver Bottle Opener, $12

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4 Responses to “The Ugliest Bottle Opener in the World”

  1. Sherry Carr-Smith Says:

    I love the bottle opener! This weekend we went through our storage unit and I unpacked a box with the salt and pepper shakers that I brought home after my grandmother died. They are ugly and silly and remind me of visiting her in Florida and playing with her collection for hours. I love it when simple objects become meaningful!

    • Pam Says:

      Those really are the best things ever, aren’t they? This thing really is ugly – I know that in my head – but my eyes still see it like I was nine. 🙂

  2. ms posh Says:

    Hi there!
    We had that exact bottle opener!
    Holy cow!!! That is too funny.

    I’m stopping by via the weekend hops to say hello.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!