On May 17, 1892, William G. Browne and John L. Benton were awarded patent # 475,222 for their “Can Opener.”
And, when this can opener turns up, as shown in the patent drawings, it is marked with the patent date and also with NEVER SLIP.
For those of you thinking, that the date rings a bell, it should, as W. G. Browne was awarded a patent in 1895 for another can opener; patent # 541,034
And, when that can opener turns up (with the addition of a fold out corkscrew) it is marked with both patent dates; for 1892 and for 1895, and is also marked KING.
A later version, maintains the 1895 patent date, but then adds a 1908 patent date; which is Reynold’s patent (#896,577) for a combination tool; also marked the KING, with the patent was assigned to Browne and Dowd MFG. Co.
The other day, I picked up yet another version, that predates the 1895 patent, and references the 1892 patent.
A departure from the NEVER SLIP form with leanings toward the 1895 Browne, it is marked PAT. MAY 17-92 AND PAT PEND’D.
And fortunately, includes corkscrew…
A fun addition to the collection.