For those of you that found yourselves traipsing around Maine last month searching for corkscrews, there is a corkscrew that was patented in Rockland Maine in 1882.
And, while I have blogged about the Aaron M. Austin patent (#266,073) previously (5 years ago or so) the other day, I managed to find a second example.
According to Leading business men of Bangor, Rockland and vicinity: embracing Ellsworth, Bucksport, Belfast, Camden, Rockport, Thomaston, Oldtown, Orono, Brewer published in 1888, ““Austin’s Toilet Novelty,” “gives but a very imperfect and inadequate idea of the many uses to which that truly wonderful combination tool can be applied…””
Marked with the patent date of PAT 10-17-82, it is a very cool little combination tool.
That said, given that I already have one in the collection, perhaps a little trade could happen.
Anyone need the 1882 Austin patent?
Drop me a line.