For some reason, one of the American patent corkscrews that has been fairly illusive for me is the 1910 Chippendale patent.

While I have certainly had the opportunity to buy it at auction, it is one of those corkscrews, that at some point, I have expected to find somewhere in my travels.

As it happened this past weekend, one turned up.

Marked BESTEVER and PAT. APPLIED FOR, I was quite pleased to acquire it.

However, also as it happens, after picking it up, I was going to be traveling on an airplane over the holiday weekend, with no chance to stop off at a post office to send it off to Maine,

Ever hopeful that TSA agents would not deem this a weapon of mass destruction, I chose to leave it in my carry-on, and went through security.

I made it through, as did the Chippendale’s Patent No. 958,092 on May 17, 1910 for a Cigar-Cutter Forming Part of A Combination Tool

A nice addition to the American patent collection!

Why would you paint it?

The other day, the Haff patent corkscrew with frame and spring assist arrived, as as the photos showed, it had been spray painted black.


That said, whomever the offending spray painter was, they took the time to tape/mask off the handle so the wood would not have any overspray.

So, last night I took a little paint remover, and gave the corkscrew a little touch-up; leaving it on only a brief time.

And, it turned out pretty darn well.


The previously black and unreadable brass band on the handle is clearly marked, HAFF MF’G CO., NEW YORK, PATD APL. 14 85 MAY 5TH 85.



I have been on the hunt for this version of the Haff for nearly two decades, and this definitely will make the best 6 for the year.

Still, the question remains, why the paint job???