As mentioned yesterday, while at the corkscrew meetings, I picked up an interesting Williamson patent spoon with advertising for H. Obernauer & Co.
After a little digging, I did unearth a little information about the Obernauer company.
The H, in H. Obernauer is Herman. And, Heman Obernauer was a wholesale distributor of liquor and distiller in Pittsburgh with two name brands Belle of Pittsburgh and H. O. Brown Gin.
As the title of the blog suggests, perhaps we should check our spoons to see what other advertising appears on them.
In going back through the past corkscrew collectors auction, Jack sold a Obernauer spoon some time ago, and several years ago there was another advertisement that appeared on eBay. This one was for Wah-Parilla
Of course, we all are familiar with the Hazeline spoon:
And, on occasion the Williamson patent spoon shows up with no advertisement at all–of course there are no patent numbers or patent date marks on the plain example–although some of the advertising versions have PATENT or PATENTED near the hinge of the worm.
So… While this list is clearly not exhaustive, it would be interesting to see what other advertisements are out there. So, if you have a different advertisement on your folding spoon corkscrew, drop me a line and I will update the list.
COMPLIMENTS OF H. OBERNAUER & CO. PITTSBURGH, PA.
TABLOIDS OF COMPRESSED DRUGS / HAZELINE CREME / KEPLER EXTRACT & ESSENCE OF MALT / KEPLER SOLUTION COD LIVER OIL / DIGESTIVE, DEMULCENT, STRENGTHENING / HAZELINE BEEF & IRON WINE / PATENTED
PURIFIES THE BLOOD / WAH-PARILLA / REGULATES THE LIVER and PATENT
And, of course there is the plain spoon with no advertising…
Do you have any different ads on your spoons? Do you have one with the patent information?