And, there were some corkscrews in the mail…

I have been off island for several days, and made it back yesterday, and the post office box was in overflow…

Literally, there was a little note in my box that read, “OVERFLOW.”

A nice little collection of corkscrews:

A 1914 Sommers patent with advertising for the VENDOME HOTEL.

A Gottfried-Krueger type, but with blank celluloid (non) advertisement–marked PATENT PENDING on the side of the handle.

the Two PAT PENDING openers mentioned the other day; one with pie crimper

And, of course the Moses Hawk patent, also mentioned the other day…

Now, how can we get even more antique corkscrews to get my post office box overflowing….

Pie Crimper and Can Opener with Corkscrew…

In 2012, John Morris gave an O’Leary-update presentation at the ICCA AGM in Chicago. For those of you unfamiliar with John’s series of updates. Every few years, he puts together a presentation of new American corkscrew discoveries or patent variations that appear in the back of Fred O’Leary’s book on American corkscrews (fondly referred to at B.O.O., Back of O’Leary) which shows all of the known American patent drawings for corkscrews, cork extractors, wine openers, etc.

Now, there have been a few corkscrew patents that aren’t shown in the front nor the back of O’Leary’s book on American patented corkscrews, but Fred did capture nearly all of them.

And, of course, also in the back of O’Leary there is a section on patent wannabes; corkscrews with Pat. Pend., Pat. Applied For., or similar markings, but no patent has been found–although–sometimes later, a patent has been found.

There hasn’t been an update since 2016, but I know that John is keeping a list, as he mentioned it to me the other day.

That said, in his 2012 update mentioned earlier, there was a pie crimper with corkscrew that I have been after ever since first seeing his example.

5 years ago, I found a similar can opener lacking the pie crimper with a PAT APL’D FOR mark, but that somehow made its way into someone else’s collection at that year’s AGM–I am pretty sure it was Martha who picked it up for John.

Yesterday, a deal was struck for a matching pair or PAT APL’D FOR can openers, both with fold out corkscrews. And one with the pie crimper!

You just never know what will turn up next!

The hunt continues…

Moses supposes…

Moses supposes his toeses are Roses,
But Moses supposes Erroneously,
Moses he knowses his toeses aren’t roses,
As Moses supposes his toeses to be!

For those unaware, that is from Singing in The Rain

A deal was struck for my first corkscrew purchase of 2022! A Moses L. Hawk multi-tool with the PAT. APP. FOR mark.

Our man Moses was granted multiple patents…

647,602 Apr. 17, 1900 for a Knife, Scissors or Skate Sharpener.
706,823 Aug. 12, 1902 for a Can Opener.
911,239 Feb. 02, 1909 for a Vegetable Parer and Cutter.
RE12,965 Jun. 01, 1909 for a Vegetable Parer and Cutter.

just to name a few…

I am not sure if this will make the best six of 2022, but with 363 days left in the corkscrew collecting fiscal year… you just never know.

Happy New Year!

The first cup of coffee for 2022 has been poured…

And, it’s January 1, and I have yet to find an antique corkscrew in 2022 that will make my best six of the year.

Perhaps something will turn up later this morning…

Happy New Year to you all! We wish you good health, happiness, and a year of good hunting!