In 1918 William H. Moore was awarded patent # 1,258,035 for a Can Opener.
And, fortunately, Mr. Moore was thoughtful enough to include a corkscrew in his patent.
When these turn up, they are often marked with advertising for sardines, herring, etc. And, there are two versions of the Moore; one version includes a little bottle opener hook on the hinge where the fork folds out (this is the version in the patent drawing). The other version lacks the bottle opener.
In our collection, we have one Moore patent marked:
“B.M. SHIPMAN IMPORTER NEW YORK” on the back of the fork, while one side of the frame is stamped “BON ACCORD HERRING” and the other side “BON ACCORD MACKEREL”
And, another Moore patent is marked:
“CHR. BJELLAND & Co. STAVANGER, NORWAY” on the back of the fork, while one side of the frame is stamped “BJELLAND”S CANNED GOODS”, and the other side “KING OSCAR SARDINES.”
In recent purchase from Don Bull (taking advantage of his current 30% off sale) I picked up another advertising Moore patent.
This one is marked:
““B.M. SHIPMAN IMPORTER NEW YORK” on the back of the fork, while one side of the frame is stamped “FOX HEAD HERRING” and the other side “FOX HEAD MACKEREL”
But, are there other Moore patents out there with other advertising? Do you have one that has a different advertisement? Do you have one with no marking? Just curious…
Feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org . It would be really cool if their were still others out there.