After posting the bloggy blog about Tormey the Lesser, I received an email from Don Bull about yet another version of the Tormey patent cork extractor.
This version, instead of two sets of hooks at the base of the shaft, was designed with a single set of hooks. And, this one too is marked with the 1890 patent date.
If any of you have the third Tormey in your collection and are interested in parting with it.
Feel free to drop me a line.
In 2018, I managed to pick up a Tormey patent cork extractor at Brimfield. It was one of the many cool pieces that were discovered that day.
It was the first time that I had ever had the opportunity to get the 1890 Tormey patent, and was excited to add it to the American patent cork extractor collection.
That said, there are two versions of the Tormey patent. There is the larger (or longer) Tormey that is nearly 12 inches, and the smaller (or shorter) version that is closer to 9 inches.
And, given that I didn’t have Tormey the Lesser, when the opportunity presented itself, I snapped it up.
Marked, PAT. NOV. 25, 1890 on the shaft, it is a welcome addition to the collection.
This is the experience about the condition of nine-tenths of all corks extracted in the old way with a pen-knife, scissors, or the clumsy cork screw sometimes used when at hand, exposing the contents of the bottle to Evaporation, and greatly inconveniencing the user.
Contrasting the other with this, we need not point out the advantage to all concerned of our new industry. One of our new substantial patrons remarked, —
“It is a Blessing to my customers, and for that reason alone I will use it.”
Three corkscrews arrived the other day, and they are very cool.
Not a bad day at the post office box!
Of course, since these are not American, if anyone is up for a trade, drop me a line.