The Clipper Cork Puller

From an 1903 issue of Iron Age:

The Clipper Cork Puller

The Arcade Mfg. Company, Freeport, Ill, New York office, 08 Park place, are putting on the market the cork puller shown in the accompanying cuts.  It is what is known as the skeleton type of puller, showing the working parts exposed to view.  

The Clipper Cork Puller

No. 90. No. 95.

It is made in two types: No. 90, to fasten to a table or bar with a screw clamp, and No. 95, designed to fasten to a partition, ice box, or wall with ordinary wall screws.  The puller is designed to meet the demand for a puller that can be sold at a low price, and is referred to as being well constructed and substantial.  The goods are finished in plain black Japan and packed for shipment one each in a box, half a dozen in a case

Wilkinson arrives…

A small box of corkscrews arrived today, and within it, there was the Wilkinson patent of 1891.

Now, the Wilkinson doesn’t carry the patent date, but it is clear that it matches Wilkinson’s description, and that the arms of the corkscrew are grooved to allow for the turns of the worm to fit nicely between them.

Of course, as mentioned the other day, Wilkinson’s patent was assigned to Gorham, and besides the mark of STERLING in the arms of the corkscrew, if you look closely–and when I say closely, I am suggesting using a magnifying app on your iPhone–present are the silversmith makers marks; Gorham G, an Anchor, and a Lion.

Also, on the other arm, there is a different mark, which looks to be a year mark that Gorham used to denote the year produced.

Now, to me this looks like a bell, and if you look at the Gorham mark charts, that would denote 1900.

Of course, if you flip the corkscrew around, the mark could denote a different year, but either way…it’s Gorham AND a Wilkinson.

And, it also carries a monogram.

Which looks to read R. E. P.

But, who is R.E.P.?

Reginald Ernesto Pulsifer?

Richard Edward Pepperidge?

Rolando Edgar Peterson?

Roberta Edwina Peters?

Rachel Elizabeth Palmer?

Who do you think R.E.P. is?

a little Browne Line

Several years ago, I picked up a small can opener with fold out corkscrew marked ‘THE BROWNE LINE FROM KINGSTON.”

It was placed into the collection, and there is sat for some time…

Well, a relatively short time as Tommy came visiting.

One of his many sojourns to Maine (this visit was 8 years ago) we were in the midst of making a trade and the little Browne can opener with corkscrew ended up in his pile.

Now the thing is, since Tommy made away with the little Browne, I have yet to see another–with the exception of the one pictured in O’Leary on page 125.

Until a couple of days ago.

As it happened, it was located in Maine, and it was available for a song–not that I sang.

It is the 1908 Clark W. Reynolds patent–which was assigned to The Browne and Dowd Mfg. Co–albeit a small version and is marked “THE BROWNE LINE FROM KINGSTON”

And, It was delivered to the island yesterday, and this one will be staying in the collection.

Or, perhaps this will be the lure that brings TC back to the island…

The Meriden…

From an 1894 issue of The Manufacturer and Builder:

The Meriden Cork-Puller

The cork-puller shown herewith is being manufactured and introduced by Manning, Bowman & Co., of Meriden, Conn., and 57 Beekman street, New York.  To operate the deice the handle of the puller is raised so that it will rest back over the counter ; the cork of the bottle is then pressed up firmly against the barrel of the puller, while the handle is brought forward and down to the position shown in the cut.  This operation, it is explained, passes the worm through the cork, while the reverse motion of turning the handle back until the cam is on the crank rests on the lever draws the cork.  After the bottle is removed, the handle is turned still further back, which, it is stated, presses the lever down and throws off the cork, leaving the machine in position for the next bottle.  A hole in the rack, or plunger, is provided for oiling the parts, and the top of the barrel is covered with a removable cap, so that the puller may be taken apart for replacing parts that may become broken.

The Meriden Cork-Puller

The manufacturers state that the instrument is well made, and simply strong for its intended purpose, and that it is not only easy to operate, but also durable in service.

Walter Wilkinson

On August 18, 1891, Walter Wilkinson of Providence, Rhode Island was awarded patent # 458,067 for his “Corkscrew.”

The patent was assigned to the Gorham Manufacturing Company, and an example has been on my wishlist for some time…

Yesterday, a deal was struck, and one will soon be arriving on the island.

Best 6 for 2021 candidate? It very well could be…

The Hampton

On Saturday and Sunday, the most recent round of the auction came to a close, and there was a series of bidding wars that took place on some pretty fantastic corkscrews.

And, yes, there were the usual suspects; collectors that are pretty consistent when it comes to the auction. Of course, there were some newcomers too, new bidders jumping into the fray, and coming away with some twisted treasures for their collections.

I did bid on a few, and was taken out fairly quickly.

Still, I did manage to win one, and it will be an interesting mystery to solve.

This particular corkscrew is a roundlet, but the piece is marked “THE HAMPTON.”

It will be interesting to try and figure out the history of it.

Where “THE HAMPTON” comes from, and who made it, should make for a good story, should I be able to figure it out. And, should I be able to solve the mystery, I will share any information I uncover.

Of course, there were some fantastic corkscrews in the auction that netted out a flurry of bids, with a rare Robert Jones corkscrew being the highest price achieved, but still not making the seller’s reserve.

And, a pair of folding two-fisted drinking arms in celluloid was the highest price piece that sold and will end up with new owner.

A fun couple of days of bidding, with plenty of corkscrew-pavlovian-juices flowing at the rare and fantastic offerings.


The Haff patent corkscrew with frame arrived yesterday, and it is remarkably similar to the one that was already in the collection; with the big difference being the gauge of the spring…

The markings, size of the frame and worms are all pretty much the same.

And, after a brief exchange another collector, one Haff will remain in the collection, and the other Haff is heading to Little Rock.

Haff again…

About a year and a half ago, there was a rare example of the Edward P. Haff patented corkscrew, that was coming to close on eBay. I placed a bid, and was lucky enough to win the auction, and while the brass band on the handle, as well as the frame and spring, had been painted black–with a little paint remover, that issue was remedied.

And, the Haff made my best 6 of 2019.

Over the past few days, I have been keeping my eye on an non-eBay auction that happened to have a similar Haff patent with frame within it.

Fortunately, it looks like it won’t need any paint remover…

Of course, I wasn’t merely keeping an eye on it.

I placed a fairly fair absentee bid and hoped for the best…

Last night the auction ended…

And, the Haff lot will soon be heading to the island.

Now, I am going to work under the assumption that this Haff is marked similar to the one that I already have–and, we will wait and see when it arrives.

But, I have a feeling this might end up being tradebait…

Who is in need of an 1885/1886 Haff patent corkscrew with frame?

Whatcha got?