At the CCCC this year, during the show and tell portion of the program, Ian Hunter showed an interesting tool kit that was an undiscovered patent. And, this one, didn’t appear in O’Leary at all. It is the patent for Edward Zinn. Ed’s 1909 patent however, was not for a corkscrew, but for a tool-handle. And, Ian was lucky enough to find one in Quechee, Vermont–a fair distance from his home, given Ian lives in Australia.
Well, as luck would have it, Ian is no longer the only collector to have the American rarity. I had remembered Ian’s presentation when I ran across a similar piece. And, while I jumped on it before I could get confirmation, Ian has subsequently emailed to describe the very piece. So, below are pictures of both the Ed Zinn patented tool kit (with corkscrew) and an image of the patent drawing. A nice addition to the collection for sure!!!
I recently find a tool set similar this one at a flea market. I was trying to find out how much it was worth. Any help would be appreciated.
Please send a picture to email@example.com, and I will do my best to help out on this one.