Another nice grouping, and a best 6 candidate…

The other day reader, PW, sent in a photo of his obsession (and a collection within his collection) that of Thomasons. Fabulous collection PW!


Keep those photos coming!

On another corkscrew note, or cork puller note rather, I came home the other day from the wine shop, and there was a voicemail from BT, he had run into a hard to find cork puller, but since it was a double for him, wondered if we might work out a trade over a brief phone call.

On the voicemail, he laid out what he was looking for.  It all sounded fair to me, so I picked up the phone, in a couple of minutes, the deal was done (trading with Tommy or RL takes a bit longer than that, months sometimes).

So, in short order a nice cork puller will be heading to the collection. It is a pretty hard piece to come by, and a patent. Kahlen and Jordan’s design patent of 1948. When found, the sheath is marked BOTTLEKING.








Kahlen and Jordan’s patent description explains that, “…we respectively, Fritz Kahlen, a citizen of Germany, residing at New York, in the county of New York and State of New York, and Peter P. Jordan, a citizen of the United States of America, and residing at Jackson Heights, in the county of Queens and State of New York, have invented a new, original, and ornamental Design for a Combined Bottle Opener and Cork Remover, of which the following is a specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawing, forming a part thereof.”

In the patent drawings they provide several illustrations.

Figure 1 is a front elevational view of a combined bottle opener and cork remover, showing our new design,



Figure 2 is a side elevational view of the device shown in Figure ‘1,


Figure 3 is an exploded view of the device shown in Figure 1,


Figure 4 is a side elevational view of the device as shown in Figure 3.



A great addition to the collection!

Thanks for the trade BT!

The Bottleking Cork Puller, could very well make the best 6 of the year!


That is one ugly corkscrew Ian…

This just in from Ian Hunter:

I reckon I’ve nailed it! In the hand it’s even uglier than it looks. The nails feel seriously gross!

This is no grapevine rubbish. It’s marked with a registered design number (Australian). And also marked “Australian Kangaroo paw”. A genuine quality item made in Melbourne in the 70’s I believe:



Sometimes comes with a can punch;


It also has great provenance. Purchased from the Nick Hunt Collection in a moment of weakness (Nick’s….) in 2008 for a mouth watering 30 bucks….

I’m sure Nick made a good profit.

I was also sure that I had the winning entry until I googled “Kangaroo paw corkscrew” and found this beauty!

and don’t miss the video:

I’ve seen them before and never bought one. But I’ve just ordered one now to make sure I don’t have any fresh competition…..

Thanks for the note Ian, those are some ugly corkscrews!