And, there were some corkscrews in the mail…

I have been off island for several days, and made it back yesterday, and the post office box was in overflow…

Literally, there was a little note in my box that read, “OVERFLOW.”

A nice little collection of corkscrews:

A 1914 Sommers patent with advertising for the VENDOME HOTEL.

A Gottfried-Krueger type, but with blank celluloid (non) advertisement–marked PATENT PENDING on the side of the handle.

the Two PAT PENDING openers mentioned the other day; one with pie crimper

And, of course the Moses Hawk patent, also mentioned the other day…

Now, how can we get even more antique corkscrews to get my post office box overflowing….

Pie Crimper and Can Opener with Corkscrew…

In 2012, John Morris gave an O’Leary-update presentation at the ICCA AGM in Chicago. For those of you unfamiliar with John’s series of updates. Every few years, he puts together a presentation of new American corkscrew discoveries or patent variations that appear in the back of Fred O’Leary’s book on American corkscrews (fondly referred to at B.O.O., Back of O’Leary) which shows all of the known American patent drawings for corkscrews, cork extractors, wine openers, etc.

Now, there have been a few corkscrew patents that aren’t shown in the front nor the back of O’Leary’s book on American patented corkscrews, but Fred did capture nearly all of them.

And, of course, also in the back of O’Leary there is a section on patent wannabes; corkscrews with Pat. Pend., Pat. Applied For., or similar markings, but no patent has been found–although–sometimes later, a patent has been found.

There hasn’t been an update since 2016, but I know that John is keeping a list, as he mentioned it to me the other day.

That said, in his 2012 update mentioned earlier, there was a pie crimper with corkscrew that I have been after ever since first seeing his example.

5 years ago, I found a similar can opener lacking the pie crimper with a PAT APL’D FOR mark, but that somehow made its way into someone else’s collection at that year’s AGM–I am pretty sure it was Martha who picked it up for John.

Yesterday, a deal was struck for a matching pair or PAT APL’D FOR can openers, both with fold out corkscrews. And one with the pie crimper!

You just never know what will turn up next!

The hunt continues…

Moses supposes…

Moses supposes his toeses are Roses,
But Moses supposes Erroneously,
Moses he knowses his toeses aren’t roses,
As Moses supposes his toeses to be!

For those unaware, that is from Singing in The Rain

A deal was struck for my first corkscrew purchase of 2022! A Moses L. Hawk multi-tool with the PAT. APP. FOR mark.

Our man Moses was granted multiple patents…

647,602 Apr. 17, 1900 for a Knife, Scissors or Skate Sharpener.
706,823 Aug. 12, 1902 for a Can Opener.
911,239 Feb. 02, 1909 for a Vegetable Parer and Cutter.
RE12,965 Jun. 01, 1909 for a Vegetable Parer and Cutter.

just to name a few…

I am not sure if this will make the best six of 2022, but with 363 days left in the corkscrew collecting fiscal year… you just never know.

Happy New Year!

The first cup of coffee for 2022 has been poured…

And, it’s January 1, and I have yet to find an antique corkscrew in 2022 that will make my best six of the year.

Perhaps something will turn up later this morning…

Happy New Year to you all! We wish you good health, happiness, and a year of good hunting!

Another year of corkscrewing around…

While we still await a return to normalcy in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, we did manage to have a few adventures this year, mostly within Maine, and we did venture further afield as guidelines would allow.

Three shots in, (or six, if you take both of us into consideration) we are both boosted, and continue to wear masks as required.

And, this year there were indeed corkscrews bought, sold, traded, auctioned, discovered and acquired.

That said, with antique shows cancelled, travel limitations, and many of our interactions (including our ICCA AGM) being held via Zoom, lots of the corkscrews that found their way in to (or out of) the collection were discovered online.

Although, we did make it Brimfield for the first time in two years, and to our in person meeting at the JFO, which was awesome!

The twisted treasures are still out there to be discovered, and we hope that soon enough, we will be able to make it back into the wild… to Brimfield… to Union… to Bucharest…etc.

Let’s hope that the new year brings a little less, “You’re on mute,” and “Can I share my screen?” and a little more raising a glass with one another…

Best Six Wishlist for 2022

I will preface this by saying that what tops my list for 2022 is an end to the pandemic, and a hope that we will be able to replace social distancing with social embracing…

That said, as I have done in the past, there are a few corkscrews that I would love add to the collection this year, and once again, it is time to publish the best six wishlist.

For years, a couple have remained on my wishlist, and… they still have remained elusive, so they STILL remain on the wishlist.

Last year, I published the following wishlist:

And, I was fortunate enough to add 3 of the 6; A Jenner, a Ladies Friend, and a new discovery from the back of O’Leary…

And, I will add here, that there are lots of corkscrews that would be welcome additions to the collection, and, you just never know what will turn up next. But, let’s just throw it out there…

Here is the best six wishlist for 2022!

Frary Sullivan


Something from the back of O’Leary


Frary with can opener


Lowenstein patent advertising “Golden Harvest Whiskey.”
In the patent drawing, that is how the patent is illustrated with that advertisement.


1883 White patent.
As mentioned in the past, I did once find a White patent in the wilds of Iowa, but it was broken. Still, there has to be others out there.


Zeilin patent: pictured on page 63 of O’Leary and marked, “ONE TEASPOONFULL PARRISHS HYPOPHOSPHITES, J.H. ZEILIN & CO. PHILA, PA”

Hance Bros. & White

Yesterday, a deal was struck that has yet another 1903 Lowenstein patent corkscrew heading to the island.

Serving as an advertisement for HANCE BROS. & WHITE, PHARMCL CHEMISTS PHILADELPHIA, it will make a nice addition to the collection.

As mentioned the other day, here is the list of known advertisements on the Lowenstein patent:

“BAILEY’S H & C PURE RYE”

“CLARK, CHAPIN, & BUSHNELL’S EXTRACTS NEW YORK”

“FRANCIS H LEGGETT & CO. NEW YORK”

“F. WESTHEIMER & SONS, PLANET, SOUR MASH, ST. JOSEPH, MO”

“HANCE BROS. & WHITE, PHARMCL CHEMISTS PHILADELPHIA”

“HUMPHREY & MARTIN’S FINE WHISKEYS PHILAD“ (in yellow or tan)

LEWIS 66 WHISKEY

“PEARL WEDDING RYE”

“PEARL WEDDING SELECT WHISKEY”

“THE GREAT A & P TEA CO. EXTRACTS” (in red or yellow/tan).

Those in bold are ones that we have in the collection.

I would love to add others, and if you have one on the list, or better yet one that isn’t listed above, please drop me a line.