On May 28, 1878, Alfred W. Sperry was awarded patent number 204,389 for his Improvement in Corkscrews
Within his patent description he explains:
“This invention related to an improvement in the class of corkscrews in which the screw is hinged to the shorter arm of a lever, and in which the fulcrum of the lever is so constructed to set upon the neck of the bottle, so that when the corkscrew has been inserted the turning of th lever on the fulcrum will turn the corkscrew with it draw the cork.”
Also, interesting to note, is that Sperry thought to provide replacement worms, explaining:
“The object of this invention is to construct the instrument so that several screws may be supplied with the instrument, or [sic] any person unskilled may remove the screw or introduce a different one…”
Anyone ever find an extra Sperry screw?
That said, for years the Sperry has been on my wishlist, and I have always expected to find one (not that I really believed that I would) while on the hunt at Brimfield.
But, after years of hunting, looking, searching, and seeking to trade for one, the other day a deal was done, and a Sperry is finally heading to the island.
This should make the best 6 of the year, and I will post more photos upon its arrival!
And, now with the Sperry crossed off the wish list, time to rewrite the list!