On Apr. 29, 1890, Abram C. Monfort of Pawtucket, RI was awarded patent # 426,510 for his “Champagne or Mineral Tap.”
As the story goes, well over a decade ago, I was at Brimfield, and was traversing the fields, and I saw an unusual shaped champagne tap. The price wasn’t super high, but high enough that I balked, and left it behind. Just prior to the next field opening, I ran into Barry to ask him about this unusual champagne tap.
He responded with, you should have snapped that up, it is a rare American patent. Apparently BT, didn’t balk at the price, and I believe it made his best 6 that year. And, I kicked myself a little bit, for not trusting my instincts of seeing something that was unusual and pulling the trigger.
Several years later, II managed to acquire a Monfort, without balking at the price, and it resides in the collection.
That said, the other day, a pair of champagne taps were listed on eBay, and one of the shapes looked very familiar.
And, now a second Monfort is heading to the island.
Now, I don’t really need two, so if any of you need to add a Monfort to your collection, just let me know….