Send your order today, pin a dollar bill to coupon below and the shipment will go forward to you the same day as received.

From an issue of Air Wonder Stories, November 1929

Ten Tools in One

A SMALL but handy article which serves every possible need of the all-round mechanic.  In valuable in any emergency.  An excellent combination of all utilities for the household featured:  HAMMER—KNIFE-SHARPENER—NAIL-PULLER—BOTTLE-OPENER—SCREW-DRIVER—CORK-SCREW—CAN-OPENER—WEIGH-SCALE—RULER—TABLE OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES.

Just glance at the illustration and you will see how really useful this article is.  The “Ten in One Tool” is 10 inches high and finely nickel-pated.


The new tool is not only handy in the household, but every TOURIST, AUTOIST, CAMPER, PICNICKER, BOYSCOUT, FISHERMAN, CANOEIST, etc., should carry in his bag one of these indispensable combination tools.  No SHOP, OFFICE, STORE, GARAGE, FARM, BOAT, should be without one.  Price $1.00 POSTAGE PAID.

Be the first one to own the “Ten in One” in your town.

Send your order today, pin a dollar bill to coupon below and the shipment will go forward to you the same day as received.


245 Greenwich St.

New York

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Greenpark Tool Company

245 Greenwich Street,
New York, N.Y.

Enclosed find a $1.00 for which please send me prepaid your “Ten Tools in One



Town                                       State…..

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Now, we know the “Ten in One Tool” as the Frederich J. Alderson patent of 1932.

Alderson (having already obtained a Canadian patent) was awarded his American patent for a Combination Tool (# 1,845,038) on February 16th.  85 years ago tomorrow!


digging out… in preparation for digging out…

It is has been a little slow as far as corkscrew news as of late.  Not that I haven’t been purchasing a few here and there.  Still, there has been more time spent shoveling than there has been hunting for corkscrews.

Our little island has been largely without snow until recently.  And, then it decided to dump a fair amount.  10 or so inches the other day, and then that was followed by several inches yesterday.

This morning, I once again, dug us out, so we could run a couple of errands (wine and coffee, if you must know) and then cleared the parking area in anticipation of tonight’s snow fall (and tomorrow’s snow fall).

They are forecasting anywhere from 10-20+ inches of snow, with high winds, and gusts up to 60 knots.

That is just shy of 70 mph, for those of you playing at home…

The winds are supposed to start picking up in a couple of hours, and then the snow will begin to fall as well.

Fortunately, we do have a fair amount of wine on hand.  And, coffee…and, if we get desperate, we can snowshoe to the wine shop… After digging out of course.

Didn’t you mention corkscrews?

Yes, there have been a couple of corkscrews picked up here and there; a pair of celluloid folding shoes and another (yes, another) plain Detroit Puddefoot leg.



And, while I was not the winning bidder, not that there were any bids.  Some random seller on eBay, put a Tucker up for a Buy It Now of 299.00.  A smoking deal!  No one that I know of has come forth as the purchaser, but a nice price!

With errands addressed, wine stocked up, firewood at the ready, and knowing that all businesses on the island closing shortly–and almost none opening tomorrow due to the blizzard, perhaps a little perusing of eBay (and other sites) might garner a corkscrew or two.

Until then, if you are part of this upcoming blizzard, stay safe and warm.



“This machine is very simple and rapid in its operation…

From an 1881 issue of Scientific American


We give an engraving of a novel cork extractor lately patented by Mr. Chester C. Clark, or Brownwood, Texas, and designed for drawing corkscrew from bottles containing champagne, beer, ale, mineral waters, etc.  It is to be attached to a table, shelf, counter, and is operated by the lever handle, G, projecting from the back of the apparatus.



The bottle from which the cork is to be extracted is placed between the jaws, E, which close and hold it securely when the lever, G, is raised to drive the harpoon head, a, downward through the cork.  The lever, G, has its bearings in a cross piece of the frame, A, and carries a segmental gear wheel, F, that engages the rack on the back of the slide, B.  A shaft journaled in this slide carries at is lower end the extracting instrument, a, and is provided with a pinion near its upper end that is engaged by a bevel wheel journaled on the slide, B, and carrying an arm that extends laterally and between stops on its frame, A.

Two bill-pointed levers, b, are pivoted in a cross bar, D, and extend upward through the guides in the lower portion of the slide, B.  The bar, D, slides upon two rods projecting vertically from the bed of the machine, and is supported by spiral springs.

The operation of the machine is as follows:  The bottle being in positon between the jaws, E, the lever, G, is raised to nearly a vertical position forcing the blade, a, into the neck of the bottle, severing the wires which secure the cork and cutting the cork in two in the center.  Just as the blade passes through the cork the end of the lateral arm on the bevel wheel strikes the lower stop on the frame, A, and turns the blade, a, one-quarter around.  The lever, G, is now brought down, elevating the sliding frame and blade, and lifting the cork from the bottle.  Before the frame reaches its highest point the end of the lever on the bevel wheel, G, comes against the upper stop, causing the blade to be turned to its original position, and at this time the jaws, E, release the neck of the bottle.  The two bill-pointed levers, b, divide the cork and expel it in two parts away from the blade by the lateral motion imparted to the levers by the engagement of the curved ends by the guides on the slide, B.

This machine is very simple and rapid in its operation, and should find a large use in hotels, restaurants, and other places where large number of bottles are opened.

CORK SCREWS With Patent Bottle Stopper Openers

Found within the illustrated catalogue and price list of Thomas J. Conroy:



With Patent

Bottle Stopper






No. 96. Self-Pulling Cork-Screw, with combination crown opener, seal lifter and wire cutter, cherry handle, Flat screw.  Nickel plated. 

Price $, $ .35

No. 96 B. Same as No. 96.  With stag handle.

Price, $ .75

I will say here, that I have never found Murphy patented bell with cherry handle for thirty-five cents, nor have I found one with a stag handle for seventy-five cents.

But, fortunately, I still have found them!




a leg up…

Sometime around Christmas, I ran across an online advertisement for a Detroit leg corkscrew.  And, the person was asking $122.00.  That of course seemed fair enough given the photo.   I responded in short order, asking about other pictures and the like.

In response, the person said, that they would like a bit less than their original asking price, and explained that they decided on 122, as they needed to put something out there, and given the corkscrew was patented in 1894, at it being–when the ad was placed–2016, the 122 year old corkscrew was given a 122 dollar price tag.

After then exchanging phone numbers, I accepted their reduced price, and promptly sent monies.

After payment was made, and accepted.  It was the last thing I heard from the seller.

They promised to send pictures and tracking, and…

And, then nothing.

Being a (somewhat) patient person, I just waited.

And, I waited.

And, I waited.

And, I waited.

No emails, no phone calls, no tracking numbers…and, more importantly, no Detroit leg.

After a couple of weeks, I sent an email, which garnered no response.  And, I picked up the phone a couple of times, only to reach voicemail, and no return phone call.

I waited a bit longer.

Last week, closing in on a month later, I sent another email.  This one was a little more…shall we say, blunt and to the point.

The next morning, I received an email with apologies and explanations, and a promise that the leg would be mailed of that day…and, this was followed up by an email with tracking information.

Yesterday, the leg indeed arrived.  And, my faith in humanity restored.  This leg is the plain variety, and there is some areas of finish loss, but it is nicely marked, and has a nice snap to the corkscrew.


Thanks for the deal unnamed-detroit-plain-leg-corkscrew-sellers, and I hope that everything improves for you both.

This leg would be a double/duplicate for me, so feel free to offer up any trades you might have!  If you would like information on the Detroit Cork Screw Company, check out my Detroit Cork Screws page

let the bidding begin…

After writing the post about the folding Greeley cork puller, I received several inquiries asking to purchase the piece.

As the offers were pretty much the same, and not wanting to play favorites, I told the interested parties that I would put it up for auction, thusly taking favoritism and friendship out of the mix.

All the inquirers and offerers are indeed friends, and when you all are offering the same amount, or close to the same amount, how/who would I choose?

So… the Greeley is currently up on eBay, with a few bids already.

If  you are interested in tossing out a bid, or just want to watch the bidding action, you can link to the eBay listing here.

Stay tuned!


If you are only going to buy one thing at the local flea…

It was a fabulous week.  The lovely personal personal trainer and I were in Florida for the past seven days, and arrived back home yesterday.

We visited with John and Martha for the first few days, enjoying their hospitality, the beach, the boat, a bit of fishing, and some fantastic food and wine.

From Marathon, we headed north to Palm Beach where we spent a night on our own, before heading towards Orlando and ultimately The Villages with a wonderful visit at Barry and Marty’s new digs.  We also visited the Morse Museum in Winter Park, which houses the largest collection of Tiffany stained glass and other Tiffany creations.  It was mind blowing.

Of course, there are a few corkscrews at Barry and Marty’s place, and I got to see some of the new additions that have been added since the last time we saw the collection.

Laughs, wine, food, corkscrews…it was a great time, and in between, Barry, the lovely, and I headed to a (relatively) local flea market that given MLK holiday was going to be bigger than usual.


After our arrival, the lovely and I headed one direction, whilst Barry headed another, and we agreed to meet up at an appointed time.  There were a few things about, not a bunch of corkscrews, but a few.  And, largely they were the common variety–but fairly priced.

With still an hour before we were to meet up, I looked under a table where I found a small tin of buttonhooks.  At 6 dollars a piece, I was hopeful that there might be a folding bow with corkscrew with buttonhook.  Asking the dealer if I could dump out the tin to examine them closely, I flipped over the tin and rifled through.

No corkscrews and buttonhooks were present, however…

I know, the suspense is killing you.

There was indeed something worth buying within that tin–well what was previously within the tin and now was spread out over a small blanket.

And, it wasn’t a buttonhook.  But, it could easily be mistaken for one.

I do already own one of these, but to find one in the wild is rather exciting…

(Would you get to the point already?  What was it?)

While the lovely picked up a nice mechanical Anri stopper, what was amongst the buttonhooks was the only thing I purchased that day.  But, if you are only going to find one thing at the local flea, it is a nice thing to find.

Speaking of, while we were walking up to meet Barry, also at the flea was corkscrew collector (and carved alligator collector) Tom Staley.  It was nice to catch up, and perhaps we will finally make the trade we have been negotiating for 6 years.

He said he will bring the corkscrew I am after when he visits Brimfield (and then Maine) in May, and I will bring the corkscrew he is after.  We shall see if they finally change hands.

What was the purchase at the flea in Florida?

A folding Greeley patent, clearly marked with the patent date.  A great find, especially given the asking price!



Given the Greeley is a double/duplicate…I am guessing the trade or outright purchase offers will be pouring in shortly!

A great week away, and now we are back home in Maine.  A bit of snow on the ground, and it is back to corkscrewing around!

Folding Corkscrew

From a 1917 issue of The Spatula:


An inexpensive folding corkscrew has been invented which, if desired, can be placed on a bottle at the same time that it is sealed in the bottling works, so that the purchasers may have no inconvenience in opening the container whenever he wishes.  The upper end of the screw consists of a broad eyelet which serves as a pintle to hinge to each other the two halves of which the handle is composed.  These two halves are bent at right angles and fold down against the neck of the bottle.  If desired a sealing wire can be fun through the wholes and the handle tied down.  To use the corkscrew it is only necessary to remove this wire and turn the two parts of the handle up until they form a horizontal bar which can be grasped by the hand.

Combination Bottle Stopper and Cork Screw

In a March 1891 issue of Pharmaceutical Era, a combination bottle stopper an cork screw is introduced:

Write to the Rhode Island Novelty Works, 33 Potter street, Providence, R.I., for prices on their combination bottle stopper and cork screw, a cut of which will be found on page –-.  This is just the thing to draw the cork and use as a stopper to seal the bottle so as to prevent gas from escaping or the liquid from deteriorating.  This company also make a specialty of a tap which they call “The Silver Lined Champagne Tap.”  The tubes of this tap through which the wine passes are lined with coin silver, making it impossible poisonous element to enter the wine.

Interestingly, the page number upon which the “cut of which” was to appear isn’t given.

Luckily I found it…

on page XIII


Do any of you have a stopper on the side of a direct pull corkscrew?

Do you have The Silver Lined Champagne Tap?