left handed Hiering/Mergott…

The other day, I mentioned the three Nylins that are enroute to the island. As an additional part of the deal, a Mergott patent was also thrown into the box.

American patent 1,701,950 for a Pocket Corkscrew was granted to William C. Hiering of Newark, New Jersey on February 12, 1929 and the patent was assigned to the J. E. Mergott Co. also of Newark.

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While the 1929 pocket corkscrew does turn up with relative frequency, this one is unique as it has a left handed worm.

And, it does carry an unusual advertisement.

(sorry TWJ, not for beer)

It reads, GRAFILD “HOLDS WET OR DRY” WORLDS BESTOS CORP PATERSON N.J. GRAFILD

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Do you have a left handed Hiering / Mergott in your collection?

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