A few additions!

After a few emails (14 to be exact) a deal was struck, and three corkscrews are heading to the island.

One will be an excellent addition to the growing Davis / Detroit / Puddefoot collection. It is a Detroit Leg, which are usually plain–not that a Detroit Leg is usual–but this one carries advertising! When it arrives it will be added to the Detroit Corkscrew page.

The second, is actually one that originally belonged to me, was traded away, and is now coming back. It is a lovely henshall corkscrew with a Coney embossed shaft.

The third, is actually one I have been after for some time, and this might even make the best 6–although given some of the corkscrews that have made their way into my collection this year, it is entirely possible that it won’t. Whether it does or not, I am thrilled to be adding a 1926 McLean Patent to the collection!

The McLean is marked PAT FEB 23 1926, and 14K — also with the initials WDM…

Who WDM is I am not really sure, but for the time being, I am thinking it stands for “Who Da Man?”

German Spring Corkscrew Arrives! And, another Frary Clue…

The other day, I had mentioned a German corkscrew that I assumed (based on a poor photo) was Carl Ulrich’s 1898 German Registration (No 90188).

And, it arrived this afternoon, and after unpacking the corkscrew from its corrugated and bubblewrap casing, I was quite pleased.

While unmarked, it is indeed the Ulrich!

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A very cool corkscrew, which I will most likely try out tonight!

On another corkscrew note, I found an interesting reference to James D. Frary and his corkscrews.

In the 1890 issue of The Iron Worker it explains,”The extensive line of Corkscrews, Cork Pullers, Lemon Squeezers, &c., heretofore put on the market by James D. Frary, Meriden, Conn., will hereafter be manufactured and sold by the Meriden Malleable Iron Company, of that city.”

The link between Frary and Meriden Malleable isn’t a new discovery, however, the fact that the paragraph mentions the exact products shown in the Kenneth Cope book on Kitchen Collectibles that Cope attributed to Frary might indeed bring me one step (and maybe two steps) closer to finding the catalog within which they were discovered.

I will keep digging, keep hunting, and keep searching. And, of course if any of you have a Frary corkscrew (or any other old corkscrew) with which you would like to part, feel free to drop me a line.