A decade or so ago, Mark Woodard had acquired, at auction, a celluloid button pinback with an advertisement for R.V. Pierce. He submitted photos and information to Don Bull, who published said information and more on his Weekly Screw page.
Not too long after, Jack Bandy had apparently responded with another celluloid button pinback. This version being an advertisement for Mangels & Schmidt’s Bread, making reference to a trade that happened some time earlier between he and Don. This too found its way into the Weekly Screw pages.
And, shortly thereafter, I managed to find my own version of the pinback, this one having an image of an eye, with the words I have my “eye” on you.
The pinback, on the reverse side, has three patent dates, all from the same patentee, G.B. Adams. But the dates correspond with his patents for a Trousers Strap, Jewelry, and a Badge Pin or Button…
In reading the patent descriptions, there is no corkscrew mentioned.
The 1896 patent for the Badge Pin or Button was assigned to the Whitehead and Hoag Company. And, each of the known examples are marked as such.
On the Mangels & Schmidt’s, the 1896 patent date is also written on the edge of the button adjacent to the worm.
When Don Bull put his American patents up for sale, Tommy acquired the Mangels & Schmidt’s from Don. And, in a recent deal, I have now since acquired a second example of the Adams patent, this one being a duplicate to John Morris’ formerly Mark Woodard’s R.V. Pierce.
So, we have R.V. Pierce (x 2), Mangels & Schmidt’s, and the “I have my “eye” on you” versions.
What others are out there?
Do you have a G.B. Adams 1896 Whitehead and Hoag celluloid pinback corkscrew? Drop me a line with pictures!