A week or so ago, an interesting chatelaine with corkscrew was put up for sale on a non-ebay site.  The price seemed a little high, and there it sat…

It is quite a handsome thing…and I repeatedly would go back to the website to check to see if it had sold.

The other day, I emailed the seller and suggested that with a price reduction, I would be interested.


Of course, key to my purchasing the piece is the attached tools, one of which being a three tool miniature folding bow corkscrew.


The seller agreed to the reduction, and a deal has been made.

More on the Trunks…



I have updated the Anton Trunk corkscrew page with the new images, and a side by side comparison of the two variations.  But, I figured, I might as well add those photos here as well:


They are actually quite different, beyond the britches…

The hunt will continue for more information on Trunk, and if you have any to share, please drop me a line.

The Kentucky Cork Extractor

From a 1901 issue of The American Angler

The Kentucky Cork Extractor

This cut represents the most novel invention of the age—THE KENTUCKY CORK EXTRACTOR. The simplicity of its construction and practicability of its use recommends it to the public. Instead of twisting and screwing, you merely push the points into a cork, and, by the natural position an action of the hand in drawing it out, the points open and their barbed edges engage the cork, and the same is easily drawn. Close the points by separating the handles, and the grip is loosened and the cork relieved. A glance at the cut will satisfy one of its many advantages. Price 30c. EACH, post-paid.
W.H. HATHAWAY, P.O. Box 2156, New York

Trunk II


A couple of years ago, I managed to find evidence that Anton Trunk was involved in the Frary Cutlery Company.  While I had wanted to add an Anton Trunk Patent (1886 #D-16,799) corkscrew to the collection prior to uncovering this piece of information, it made the want a little more like a necessity, and in 2014 I did manage to acquire one, and it made my best 6 for that year.


And, having acquired a Trunk, and having been able to provide a few linkages to Frary, I added a Trunk page to the website.  You can visit that page here.

Of course, if you look at O’Leary, you would note that there are two variations of the Trunk.  One nude, and one that reflects the patent drawing, with her wearing some sort of britches…

As it happens, the other day, I ran into another version of the Trunk.   The photos online were rather dark, and I couldn’t make out if the helix was in good shape, but the price was fair enough, and I snapped it up.

It arrived yesterday.

In looking at the photos online, I didn’t realize how different the two versions are.  Obviously, if one was nude, and one wasn’t, there were two different castings.  And, when you put them side by side, you can see how different one is from the other.


Of course the helixes are different as well:


And, neither are marked with any patent information.

Still, I am quite pleased to have the second (or first) version of the Trunk patent, and I am pretty sure she will make the best 6 of the year.

If any of you have any information on Anton Trunk’s corkscrew, please drop me a line, I would happily add it here, and to the website.

Greenwich Champagne Tap

This morning, over coffee (big surprise) I was making the usual rounds.  Auctions, eBay, etc., and ran into a listing that I found most interesting.  It was for a champagne tap with what looks to be the original box, but one that didn’t look familiar.

With all of my corkscrew books (minus O’Leary and Bull’s ultimate) currently in storage whilst I build cabinetry for the “corkscrew room,” I dropped an email to Don asking if within his book on Champagne Collectibles was there a reference for a Greenwich Champagne Tap.

In short order (relatively short order), I received an email from Don:

“Not in Champagne Collectibles and not familiar with the Greenwich Tap…”

I knew I hadn’t seen it before.


I went back to the listing, bought and paid for the tap, and immediately started searching “Greenwich Champagne Tap” and the company name on the box.


So far, nothing has really come up.

Do any of you have this tap?  Do any of you have information about this tap.

The box has the following writing:

Greenwich Champagne Tap

DIRECTIONS –The top screw must be closed when inserting the tap in the cork. Top open give the top screw about two turns back, and reverse. Be sure to close it.

Meinecke & Co., NEW YORK

Once it arrives, we will see if there any other clues about the piece…


Joseph A. Smith arrives

After a few days of waiting, the Joseph A. Smith patent arrived.  And, it is better than I had hoped.  The photos from eBay, made it look at if the worm might be short.  But, then again, the photos were pretty poor and with an asking price of 18 dollars, it was worth taking a chance.

The worm is complete, and I am quite pleased with it.


Best 6?  It should make the list, but maybe there is something else waiting in the wings.

Stay tuned.

best 6 candidate

It has been 20 years since Fred O’Leary published his tome on American corkscrews, and while I have pretty much every book ever written on corkscrews, it is Fred’s to which I most often turn.

Now, I haven’t committed every corkscrew in his book, or every patent drawing pictured in the back of O’Leary, to memory.  But…almost.

As it happened, yesterday, I was perusing ebay, and a somewhat familiar corkscrew was available for a pretty low buy it now.  Under 20 bucks; I saw the images and thought… is that a ?????

As my copy of O’Leary was sitting nearby, I went over and thumbed through the pages.

What year was that again?

And, then I thought for a moment, perhaps I should simply buy it and look after the fact.  It did have a buy it now, after all.

I went back to my laptop, hit the button, paid for the corkscrew, and went back to O’Leary.

And, there it was.  On Page 68.

Now there is a story about this corkscrew.  Years ago, I had an interesting folding corkscrew with advertising that had gone missing.  And, in conversation with John Morris, I was sharing the tale, when he remarked that he had an American patented corkscrew that too had gone missing.  As we both had found another example of our wayward treasures, we agreed that if ever the two showed up, we would trade the two.

That was many years ago, and the folding corkscrew has yet to show up, and I am guessing John’s missing American piece is still missing.

(okay, get to the point Josef)

On page 68 of O’Leary in the upper left hand corner is the Smith patent.  A simple T-pull with a twisted helix wire helix.  Beyond the one in O’Leary, and the one in John’s collection (make that technically two in John’s collection if he ever finds the missing one) I have never seen another example.


Until yesterday.


Definitely a best 6 candidate, and I will share better images upon its arrival.

More inside information

As mentioned yesterday, Don Bull checked his Clough medicine corkscrews, and forwarded those that are marked on the inside of the band.

Here are a few more:

The Red Star Cough Syrup in our collection is marked on the inside with:



PAT. JULY 22, 84

And, the Judson’s Dye on our collection is marked:



PAT. JULY 22-84

The Warner’s Log Cabin Remedies in our collection is marked on the inside:



PAT JULY 22-84

What Clough medicine band corkscrews do you have in your collection that are marked on the inside?

And, while we are on the topic.  I am on the hunt for another Clough.  This one carries the patent date on the outside.  If you have this Clough which is marked across the top “CLOUGH’S PATENT JULY 22, 1884,” please drop me a line:  I would love to have it.


the “inside information”

After publishing the Emulsion de Scott blog this morning, I promptly received an email from Don Bull.  Turns out that his Emulsion de Scott is indeed marked on the inside of the band as well.


Here is the “inside information.”

The inside of the band is marked:

Clough and Maconnell New York

Para La Tisis Eserofula Etc

Scott & Bowne, New York

Clough’s Patent, July 22-84

Don also followed up with bit more insider information. Here are a few more Cloughs that have advertising/information on the inside of the band:

Inside of Use Wright’s Liver Pills: Clough’s Improved Cork Screw Patent July 22-84

Inside of Lactopeptine for Dyspepsia: For Indigestion, Clough’s Cork Screw, Pat. July 22-84

Inside of Carter’s Inks (small version): Clough’s Cork Screw, Clough & Maconnell, New York, Pat. July 22-84

Inside of Warner’s Safe Cure: Tippecanoe, Clough’s Patent, July 22-84

Thanks Don!

Scott’s Emulsion / Emulsion De Scott

According to Don Bull’s website, and more recently Barry Taylor’s article on Clough medicine corkscrews, there are a couple of different versions of the Clough metal band corkscrew advertising Scott’s Emulsion.


Don’s list of known advertisements mentioned Scott’s Emulsion and Emulsion de Scott.



In Barry’s article he mentions the both versions, but also includes that there is a red version of the Emulsion de Scott.

Yesterday, the Emulsion de Scott example came up on a buy it now or best offer on eBay.

In looking closely at the image (and actually blowing it up a bit on photoshop) it looks to have writing on the inside of the band.  This writing is not mentioned in either Don’s or Barry’s respective publications.  Is this yet another version?  Check your Emulsion de Scott corkscrew… does it have writing inside the band?


From the image on the eBay listing, it looks to have MACCONNELL NEW YORK, and some additional information for Scott’s.  I did ask the seller if they would share what it says, but they couldn’t quite make it out.

When it arrives here on the island, I will update with the “inside information.”


If you have an unusual advertising Clough medicine band corkscrews, feel free to send pictures, I am always open to a trade.