Herlihy and Dorsey

In Ian Hunter’s Best Six of 2017, one of the six was an odd multitool with a fold out corkscrew.  An American patent, it is a really neat looking piece.

In a recent Zoom call with Ian, he held the Herlihy and Dorsey patent up in front of the camera, and a few days later, I asked if he would send images of the piece, and he okayed them for the bloggy blog.

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It is marked with the Patent No.

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PAT. No. 2,009,774

This is the 1935 patent of John J. Herlihy and Joseph P. Dorsey for their Cap Turning Implement.

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While no corkscrew is mentioned in the patent, at some point, they must have felt compelled to include one…

In their patent, the patentees claim:

“The present invention relates to improvements in an implement for applying and removing the caps of jars, bottles of the like.

An important object of the invention is to provide an implement of the above mentioned character, having a large range of adjustment so that it will properly engage caps of different sizes.

A further object of the invention is to provide an implement of the above mentioned character which may be used as a nutcracker.

A futher object of the invention is to provide an implement of the above mentioned character which may be used as a can opener.

A further object of the invention is to provide an implement of the above mentioned character so constructed that the pull up the implement to shift the same in turning the cap will also be utilized in clamping the jaws upon the cap.”

 

A very interesting patented corkscrew multi-tool that doesn’t appear in the back (or front) of O’Leary.

Is there another Herlihy & Dorsey out there?  I would love to add one to the collection!

NOTE:  This note came in from Ian this morning:

“Just pointing out that there is a little housing for the corkscrew which is not in the patent either. Without the housing,the addition of the corkscrew might be questioned.”

This is the housing that Ian is referencing:

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One response

  1. Just pointing out that there is a little housing for the corkscrew which is not in the patent either. Without the housing,the addition of the corkscrew might be questioned.

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