Ideal Crown Openers: Best Openers in the World

In the most recent JFO newsletter, there is a fantastic advertisement for the 1909 Adolph Rydquist patent opener with corkscrew (submitted by JFO’er Larry Moter). Alolph isn’t mentioned mind you, but Ryede Specialty Works was definitely doing their job in getting this combination opener/stopper/corkscrew out there.

While picturing the variations of the Rydquist patent, what is really cool is the ad provides a list of some of the breweries utilizing the Ideal Crown Opener as a vehicle for their advertising.


American Brewing Co., Buffalo, N.Y.
Bartholomay Brewing Co., Rochester N.Y.
Bellingham Bay Brewery, Bellingham, Wash.
Claussen Brewing Association, Seattle, Wash.
Clinton Star Brewery, Buffalo, N.Y.
F.W. Cook Brewing Co., Evansville, Ind.
Jos. Doelger’s Sons, New York, N.Y.
Genesee Brewing Co., Rochester, N.Y.
C.A. Koenig & Co., Auburn, N.Y.
Liberty Brewing Co., Springfield, Mass.
Lykens Brewing Co., Lykens, Pa.
Moerlbach Brewing Co., Rochester, N.Y.
Mohawk Valley Brewing Co., Schenectady, N.Y.
New England Brewing Co., Hartford, Conn.
Port Home Brewing and Malting Co., Port Hope, Ont., Canada
Peter Schroeder Brewing Co., Perham, Minn.
Washington Brewery Co., Washington, D.C.
West End Brewing Co., Utica, N.Y.
Windisch Muhlhauser Brewing Co., Cincinnati, Ohio.

The advertisement also features the Ideal numbers Three, Four, Four and a Half, and Five, which might lead to wonder that the Ideal number One and Two look like. This might require a bit more research.

Some of these breweries may have opted for the non-corkscrew variety, but this list does lend itself to seeing how many are out there, and perhaps building a collection within a collection–not that I am looking or anything : )

There are other examples that have turned up not mentioned in the ad. I have seen a Maltosia example, and of course there is the one marked IDEAL COMBINATION OPENER NO. 3 with corkscrew, which mirrors the advertisement.

Another advertisement from American Bottler from 1909 offers additional information:


So… what Advertising Rydquist corkscrews are in your collection. Breweries or not, feel free to send in pictures to .



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