As mentioned previously, the Sperry lever corkscrew had long been on my wishlist. And, I am quite pleased to have been able to add one to the collection.
Of course, in going back to the patent drawing, and then back to the corkscrew itself, you can see how easily the replaceable corkscrew would be replaced.
In the patent description, it mentions a turn-button, which covers the hooks upon which the corkscrew is held.
The patent description explains, “On the face of the lower arm of the lever is a turn-button, F, is hung, as to turn over and cover the mouths of the hooks, as seen in Fig. 1, or away so as to open the mouth, as seen in Fig. 3”
Open, you ask?
If you have one, go grab your 1878 Sperry patent corkscrew so you can play along…
That long flat metal piece that rests atop the lever, that would be the turn button, and it easily turns to one side.
With the turn button moved aside, the corkscrew, which was intended to be replaced can be removed.
Of course, before you go to put your Sperry away, be sure to put the corkscrew back and turn the turn button back into place.
Okay, what is this about a Sperry-ation Josef? You might be asking yourself.
Well, as fortune would have it, on the heels of acquiring the Sperry mentioned a few days ago, recently I was sent photos of still another.
However, in looking closely at it, the construction is different.
On the Sperry that was recently acquired, on the left, it appears to be similar to that shown in O’Leary, as well as the various Sperry examples that have sold over the years.
The one on the right, has the turn button, but lacks that riveted piece on either side of the lever to hold said turn button in place. Instead, the turn button is riveted to the top of the lever. It is also a bit shorter, and is more representative of the patent drawing.
And, the lever is indeed marked with the 1878 patent date.
The turn-button also functions similarly.
Whether this is an earlier version or a later version, it is the Sperry patent, but a variation from the Sperry that recently arrived.
But, if you have one Sperry, why not have two, especially if they are different.
And, so… a deal was done, and the Sperry-ation is on its way to the island.
Better pictures will be added when the Sperry arrives!
Perhaps two Sperrys will make the best 6 of the year!