Gustav Carlson Patent!

Two weeks ago, I came across a can opener / bottle opener collection that was being put up for sale.

With no pictures available, after a brief email and phone call exchange, images were promised to be emailed the next day.

And, images arrived as promised.

There was indeed a large collection of openers and a few corkscrews.


So, I perused the pictures, and looked to see what might be worth acquiring from the collection (btw: there are four more cases like this in the collection).

After seeing several hundred dollars worth of corkscrews in and amongst the openers and kitchen tools, I spotted a can-opener with corkscrew that looked familiar. Familiar, as I have seen it as an opener, but never before with a corkscrew attached!


While there were corkscrews in the collection that may bring a higher dollar at auction, I have an affinity for can openers with corkscrews, and I had to see if they would part with this one.

I sent an email last Wednesday, and the next morning, the response confirmed what I suspected, the can opener is marked. I had thought it looked similar to a Boyes Needle Company opener, and when the markings were explained, I did a small corkscrew-dance-of-joy.

Following a series of emails negotiating price, the corkscrew was on its way to the collection.

Now, you may be asking why…?

Well, beyond the Boye Needle Company marking, this particular can opener carries two other markings; patent markings. One for August 13 1913, and the second for April 6, 1920…

And, for those of you that have O’Leary handy, and are quickly thumbing to the patent drawings in the back of the book, don’t worry, you won’t find it.

Nope… it isn’t in the back of O’Leary! But, here are the patent drawings from google patents! Yes, Drawings plural!



Patent number 1,070,980 was awarded to Allen Morrell for his Can-Opener (Thanks Bob!), and patent number 1,336,126 was awarded to Gustav Carlson in 1920 for his Can Opener.

The question becomes, is this a Carlson patent or a Morrell patent or a combination of both? Well, we know it is a combination of both, but if we were to assign it a name, I am thinking the “1920 Carlson Patent.”




Another patent discovery. It looks like we will need to update the latest update.