Last night, while the lovely personal personal trainer was putting some finishing touches on a press release, I happened to check eBay for a moment. And, what should appear but a Mclean patent with a buy it now or best offer…
Now, the buy it now price was fair, and as you all know, I am always looking for a deal and could have made an offer.
That said, had I not clicked the Buy it Now button is surely would have been snapped up.
I clicked. I paid. I did the American-patent-corkscrew-for-cheap-dance-of-joy…
So what is this “pivotally and foldably” thing you mention?
In McLean’s 1925 patent description he explains:
“This invention relates generally, to improvements in combination tools; and, the present invention has reference more particularly, to a novel and neat construction of ornamental implement, combining an association of pivotally and foldably connected members, in the form of a key, a box-opener, a seal-cap remover, and a corkscrew, all of which can be attached to the end of a watch-chain, and when folded may be readily and conveniently carried in the vest pocket or the like.”
A very cool little corkscrew that will make for a nice addition to the collection.
As you will note from the pictures, the piece is marked STERLING, and carries a monogram of A.L.N.
Who might have owned this piece?
Abraham Lincoln Neiman perhaps?
Archibald Lucien Nielsen?
Arthur Lloyd Nincompoop?
What might the ALN stand for?