Send your order today, pin a dollar bill to coupon below and the shipment will go forward to you the same day as received.

From an issue of Air Wonder Stories, November 1929

Ten Tools in One

A SMALL but handy article which serves every possible need of the all-round mechanic.  In valuable in any emergency.  An excellent combination of all utilities for the household featured:  HAMMER—KNIFE-SHARPENER—NAIL-PULLER—BOTTLE-OPENER—SCREW-DRIVER—CORK-SCREW—CAN-OPENER—WEIGH-SCALE—RULER—TABLE OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES.

Just glance at the illustration and you will see how really useful this article is.  The “Ten in One Tool” is 10 inches high and finely nickel-pated.


The new tool is not only handy in the household, but every TOURIST, AUTOIST, CAMPER, PICNICKER, BOYSCOUT, FISHERMAN, CANOEIST, etc., should carry in his bag one of these indispensable combination tools.  No SHOP, OFFICE, STORE, GARAGE, FARM, BOAT, should be without one.  Price $1.00 POSTAGE PAID.

Be the first one to own the “Ten in One” in your town.

Send your order today, pin a dollar bill to coupon below and the shipment will go forward to you the same day as received.


245 Greenwich St.

New York

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Greenpark Tool Company

245 Greenwich Street,
New York, N.Y.

Enclosed find a $1.00 for which please send me prepaid your “Ten Tools in One



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Now, we know the “Ten in One Tool” as the Frederich J. Alderson patent of 1932.

Alderson (having already obtained a Canadian patent) was awarded his American patent for a Combination Tool (# 1,845,038) on February 16th.  85 years ago tomorrow!


digging out… in preparation for digging out…

It is has been a little slow as far as corkscrew news as of late.  Not that I haven’t been purchasing a few here and there.  Still, there has been more time spent shoveling than there has been hunting for corkscrews.

Our little island has been largely without snow until recently.  And, then it decided to dump a fair amount.  10 or so inches the other day, and then that was followed by several inches yesterday.

This morning, I once again, dug us out, so we could run a couple of errands (wine and coffee, if you must know) and then cleared the parking area in anticipation of tonight’s snow fall (and tomorrow’s snow fall).

They are forecasting anywhere from 10-20+ inches of snow, with high winds, and gusts up to 60 knots.

That is just shy of 70 mph, for those of you playing at home…

The winds are supposed to start picking up in a couple of hours, and then the snow will begin to fall as well.

Fortunately, we do have a fair amount of wine on hand.  And, coffee…and, if we get desperate, we can snowshoe to the wine shop… After digging out of course.

Didn’t you mention corkscrews?

Yes, there have been a couple of corkscrews picked up here and there; a pair of celluloid folding shoes and another (yes, another) plain Detroit Puddefoot leg.



And, while I was not the winning bidder, not that there were any bids.  Some random seller on eBay, put a Tucker up for a Buy It Now of 299.00.  A smoking deal!  No one that I know of has come forth as the purchaser, but a nice price!

With errands addressed, wine stocked up, firewood at the ready, and knowing that all businesses on the island closing shortly–and almost none opening tomorrow due to the blizzard, perhaps a little perusing of eBay (and other sites) might garner a corkscrew or two.

Until then, if you are part of this upcoming blizzard, stay safe and warm.



“This machine is very simple and rapid in its operation…

From an 1881 issue of Scientific American


We give an engraving of a novel cork extractor lately patented by Mr. Chester C. Clark, or Brownwood, Texas, and designed for drawing corkscrew from bottles containing champagne, beer, ale, mineral waters, etc.  It is to be attached to a table, shelf, counter, and is operated by the lever handle, G, projecting from the back of the apparatus.



The bottle from which the cork is to be extracted is placed between the jaws, E, which close and hold it securely when the lever, G, is raised to drive the harpoon head, a, downward through the cork.  The lever, G, has its bearings in a cross piece of the frame, A, and carries a segmental gear wheel, F, that engages the rack on the back of the slide, B.  A shaft journaled in this slide carries at is lower end the extracting instrument, a, and is provided with a pinion near its upper end that is engaged by a bevel wheel journaled on the slide, B, and carrying an arm that extends laterally and between stops on its frame, A.

Two bill-pointed levers, b, are pivoted in a cross bar, D, and extend upward through the guides in the lower portion of the slide, B.  The bar, D, slides upon two rods projecting vertically from the bed of the machine, and is supported by spiral springs.

The operation of the machine is as follows:  The bottle being in positon between the jaws, E, the lever, G, is raised to nearly a vertical position forcing the blade, a, into the neck of the bottle, severing the wires which secure the cork and cutting the cork in two in the center.  Just as the blade passes through the cork the end of the lateral arm on the bevel wheel strikes the lower stop on the frame, A, and turns the blade, a, one-quarter around.  The lever, G, is now brought down, elevating the sliding frame and blade, and lifting the cork from the bottle.  Before the frame reaches its highest point the end of the lever on the bevel wheel, G, comes against the upper stop, causing the blade to be turned to its original position, and at this time the jaws, E, release the neck of the bottle.  The two bill-pointed levers, b, divide the cork and expel it in two parts away from the blade by the lateral motion imparted to the levers by the engagement of the curved ends by the guides on the slide, B.

This machine is very simple and rapid in its operation, and should find a large use in hotels, restaurants, and other places where large number of bottles are opened.