Yes, is that time of year, and Christmas will soon be upon us. And, what better way to celebrate the holidays than to find a boxed example of what will henceforth be known as “The Cork Scrooge.”
Over the years, several of us have found this figural corkscrew with fold out corkscrew that looks similar to the Old Snifter, but was made a little more crudely. In nickel or bronze finishes (and with and without a corkscrew). they are pictured in Bull’s Figural book, in the Kirby section, on page 189.
Just this week, I managed to acquire a second example (the first is now in TC’s collection) but this one came with a box–and the box–is marked Ronald Searle’s Cork Scrooge, Tarrymount, Inc, Bridge, Conn.
Now, the artist Ronald Searle did many illustrations that featured a corkscrew, and he did many illustrations of Ebenezer Scrooge.
After a bit of digging, I found in a copy of the Official gazette of the United States Patent Office v. 777 1962: Apr. and under the Class 23 – Cutlery, Machinery, and Tools, and Parts Thereof, it lists:
SN 124,237. Tarrymount, Inc., Cornwall Bridge, Conn. Filed July 18, 1961
First use June 27, 1961
In the 1968 (August) issue of the Official gazette of the United States Patent Office, it explains that that the trademark registration for CORK-SCROOGE was canceled.