I will preface this by saying, that as I peruse the back of O’Leary and scan patent drawings of corkscrews that have still yet to have been discovered, there are countless American patented corkscrews that I would love to add to the collection.
And, over the last 20 years or so, I have been able to add several that were considered in our collective corkscrewy world, as new new discoveries.
For longtime readers, the one corkscrew that is my holy grail, will not come as a surprise. I have known of two examples. One a dealer friend in Connecticut told me about, years after he had sold it. And, the other, is in Ion’s collection in Romania. I am guessing that they didn’t make only two…
It’s a Frary, of course, and I know that someday one will present itself, and it will round out the James D. Frary corkscrew collection.
This has been on my wish list for years, and clearly continues to be.
Here it is as shown in an 1889 issue of Iron Age:
Combined Corkscrew, Can-Opener, Ice Pick, &e
It is the corkscrew that I WANT in the collection… This example is in Ion’s collection.
If any one out there has this… Please drop me a line.
That all said, what is the ONE corkscrew that you want to add to your collection? What is YOUR Holy Grail? Send photos or drawings… I will post them here.