The other day, I struck a deal for an unusual Curley patent corkscrew.
While it is not dissimilar to other Curley’s in the collection, this one has a unique marking.
In comparing it with others in the collection, the one that comes closest is the Curley that has the date embossed in the center of the handle with the CURLEY TROY NY on the opposite.
Of course, with most of the embossed Curleys they actually are marked with the wrong date, of MARCH 22, 84, even though the patent was awarded a month later on April. 22, 1884.
This version, isn’t marked across the handle, and instead is incised with the correct patent date around the bell.
A neat addition to the Curley collection!