Logging Caliper and the tattoo reveal…

The lovely bride and I took a few days off this past week, and headed to southern Maine, and enjoyed some much needed rest, relaxation, and a bit of antiquing.

We rented a house near York Beach, and ventured out to enjoy the locale fare during the day, with us cooking dinners in. And, there were some fabulous meals (both in and out).

Of course, there was a fair amount of wine too, but owning a wine shop certainly has its advantages!

And, we did go out antiquing. There were a couple corkscrews to be had, the best was a Narragansett nifty-type, but alas, when it was retrieved from the confines of the glass case within which it was housed, both knife blades were missing.

At one shop, I did find this remarkable logging caliper.

It is a fascinating sculptural thing, and it will soon be hanging on the wall in Rockland.

I know, its not a corkscrew, and I have no plans to start collecting logging calipers…

In use, one would measure the diameter of the log with the caliper part, and the star-like piece would measure the length.

And, while I did share this on Facebook, I also realized that it also shows the corkscrew tattoo…

Yes, many of you were right. It ended up being the Woodman’s patent drawing!


In an 1880 John Pritzlaff Hardware Company catalog, there is an illustration of a corkscrew that looks familiar…

…with the description,

“ACME, ” “, Nickel Plated Ferrule and Cap, Convex Twist, Hardwood, ” ” 8 00

For those wondering the quotation marks are from the corkscrew pictured above it, reading Cast, Iron, Handle, and Per Doz.

So, it would read…

Acme — Cast Iron, Nickel Plated Ferrule and Cap, Convex Twist, Hardwood Handle, Per Doz. 8 00

That said, in the illustration itself, the corkscrew shows that it is marked ACME across the bell and has the patent date of June 12, 1883.

Of course, with that patent date, we know that this is the Thomas Strait patent (279,203) of 1883…

But, do any of you have a Strait patent marked ACME? Drop me a line if you do!

Dr. Pierce returns…

Over the past week, a R.V. Pierce World Medical Dispensary Association corkscrew was going through the bidding process on eBay.

It had a couple of bids, and then came to rest at $50 or so for a few days. Tuesday, it was set to end, and by early afternoon, it was bid up a little bit. And, with the auction ending at 9 pm (east coast time), I had stopped keeping an eye on it, with my focus being elsewhere.

That said, even though I already have this corkscrew in the collection, I placed a snipe bid, and went about my business.

Wednesday morning, I got the email confirmation that I had won the R.V. Pierce.

As I have done before when a double like this has come into the collection, I am happy to move it along to someone else.

But, what I would love to do, is trade it for a different example of the same piece–different image/advertising.

Tommy has a Mangel & Schmidt version of this patent (G. B. Adams, 1896, patent no. 564,356), and I have both the R.V. Pierce and one that reads “I have my “eye” on you.”

What other G.B Adams / Whitehead & Hoag pin back corkscrews are out there?

If you have one, drop me a line,. And, if you are up for a trade, please let me know.

This is a new, unique, and powerful instrument for extracting corks from champagnes, porter, and other bottles where the corks are wired down

From the August 14, 1869 issue of Scientific American

This is a new, unique, and powerful instrument for extracting corks from champagnes, porter, and other bottles where the corks are wired down ; and it not only enables the cork to be quickly and certainly, but obviates all previous cutting or breaking wire.

It consists of a stout, vertical shaft, actuated buy a lever, toothed sector, and rack, and having at its lower end a spear with pivoted barbs.  This spear is shown in detail at the left

of the principal engraving.

In operation the bottle is seized by one hand, and the top of the neck is thrust into a funnel-shaped projection at the lower part of the cast-iron plate to which the movable parts attached.  The bottom of the bottle is pressed back toward the wooden support of the apparatus, and rests upon one of a series of shelves about three eighths of an inch in thickness, and having their front edges recurved.  The shelves above the bottom of the bottle are pressed backwards against springs with which each shelf is supplied, so that when the bottle is removed they are again advanced uniformly.  This arrangement gives firm support to bottles of very different lengths.

The bottle being placed as described and as shown in the engraving, the hand grasping the lever is raised ; this thrusts the spear into the cork and a reversed motion of the lever opens all pivoted barbs into position shown in detail on the left of the engraving, and draws the cork, breaking the wires, etc., at the same time.  Subsequent corks being drawn face the first up along the spear, until finally it is split by the conical end of the vertical shaft, and flies off out of the way.

Four motions, two with each hand, draw a cork in less time than the wire could be broken by the old method. By substituting a punch in place of the spear, and placing a small funnel to receive the cork, this machine can be used to cork bottles with great rapidity.

Patented through the Scientific American Agency, July 14, 1869 by Charles G. Wilson of Brooklyn, N.Y., who may be addressed for the entire right at the Holske Machining Company’s Office no. 528 Water Street, New York City

Masterpieces of the Jeweler’s Art…

As seen in the 1924 issue of Masterpieces of the Jeweler’s Art by S. Kind & Sons

Of course this is the 1926 McLean patent (#1,574,497) for his “Combination Tool.”

If you have a folding tool with a key blank (blank key) on it, I would happily add it to the collection, and I will happily pay more than the original $6.50 asking price.

Drop me a line!

J.T. Haviland…

In July, I shared a patent image from the back of O’Leary; the J.T. Haviland patent of 1870 for his “Cork Screw.”

And, within that bloggy blog entry, I wondered why the patent would read “Cork Screw,” then clearly there is no helix present, but also wondered if I would ever find an example, as there had yet to have been one presented in any book, other than the drawing in the back of O’Leary.

After reading through the patent description, and thinking about it. While the tool was indeed intended to remove the twine / wire from champagne corks, one would then use the tool as a cork gripper, and then turn the cork out of the bottle; essentially screwing it out. So… Cork Screw does somewhat make sense.

And, as it happened, an example of J.T. Haviland patent was discovered, and did make its way to the island. During our ICCA AGM / Show & Tell I shared images of the patent, and it definitely is a nice fit within the collection.

A departure from the patent drawings with a different hinge, and no brush in the handle, it is marked J.T. HAVILAND, PAT. APPD. FOR., it surely will make the best 6 of the year!

Here’s a Brand New Item! Brand New Profits, too!

From a January 1950 issue of Hardware Age

Here’s the first really new functional housewares item to hit the trade in many a moon.  It’s an all-purpose wall-type opener that fits a vital kitchen need.  With one easy hand motin it unches two neat holes in liquid containers of all sizes…also removes caps and corks.  There’s nothing like it on the market…this vast profit potential is yours, now!  Pou time” is nationally  advertised too…so you’re sure to get requests for this item soon.  Write, wire,  or phone now for complete information

a little more “Pour Time.”

The boxed Anchor Products “Pour Time” arrived in the mail the other day, and it came with instructions… so, here is:





  1. Select the most convenient spot in your kitchen, pantry, or bar…preferably with a wood surface.
  2. For best results and leverage, place it approximately waist height.
  3. First screw in upper-screw about half-way.  Then hang your “Pour Time” on upper-screw, through the slotted upper-hole in back of case.
  4. Insert second screw through lower-hole in case.  Tighten both screws firmly.




  1. Lift handle until it is parallel to the floor.
  2. Slip bottle cap in hook marked, “bottle opener.”
  3. Hold bottle in one hand, and with the other hand, pull handle down until cap snaps off.


  1. Lift “Pour Time” handle to full open position.
  2. Reach inside case and flip out ladder with finger.
  3. Rest can on step at proper height.
  4. Holding can firmly against case, press handle down against top of can.  Cutting tools will punch two holes in with one motion.


Use upper step for standard-sized cans, such as beer and juice cans

Use lower-step for large economy-sized cans.

For small condensed-milk-cans, place two such containers on upper step.

Or, you may place on small milk-can atop a standard-size can, using upper step.


  1. Lift “Pour Time” handle to full open position.
  2. Flip corkscrew out of ladder.
  3. Lift corkscrew until it is held rigidly against ladder…at about 45o angle upward.
  4. Screw bottle-cork into corkscrew.
  5. When corkscrew is completely in cork, lower bottle to most conveniently pulling-position.
  6. Ease cork out of bottle, unscrew cork from corkscrew.


We arrived at the JFO a couple of days ago, and there have been sales, trades, deals, and dinners thus far…

Tommy arrived in his low-rider (more on this later) a day before us, and had already made some deals with Tipped-Worm-Johnny, and we arrived the following day, and in short order were throwing corkscrews on the tables in the common buy and sell room.

After exchanging pleasantries with attendees, the dealing began, with the first trade being between TWJ and I where I ended up with a 1947 Richard Itaru Nakamura patented “Frame with Slidable Tool Bit.”

At first, I thought I had this example, but after further examination, it looks as though the example that already exists in the collection is a variation of the patent, with this example looking just like the patent drawing. A fabulous piece, it could make the best 6 of the year.

After that first trade a few more were proposed, and in the excitement of the moment, deals were overzealously agreed upon without noticing damage here, or a different variation there. And, in short order, deals were undone, with new deals proposed.

So, there are corkscrews that sit with TWJ in the Josef pile and corkscrews that with me in the TWJ pile, with a deal that will undoubtedly be completed before the weekend is done.

On day two, there was a fun arrival at the JFO, after a lengthy absence, in walked Milt Becker! And, he brought a couple of corkscrews with him; two of which were handed off to me. One was an interesting roundlet, the other a different version of the Lowenstein patent, that I had asked him about a while back.

It was fun to have four ICCA Addicts in the same room, after the last year-plus of not being able to travel or gather.

The meeting is still going, and I have no doubt a few deals will still be made.

Beyond JFO-ing around, tomorrow is also the ICCA Punch / Right’s Reception / Show & Tell, and Sunday will be the ICCA AGM! Both being held via ZOOM.

News about these events to follow!

Until then, here is the Nakamura and Lowenstein:

The Lowenstein carries advertising for:

FRANCIS H. LEGGETT & CO., NEW YORK on one side, and FINE FLAVORING EXTRACTS on the reverse… A nice addition to the growing Lowenstein corkscrew collection.

Also, Happy Birthday Bob Gilbride!!!

Back to the low-rider Tommy thing…

Tommy on another collector’s behalf, visited an auction house to pick up the merchandise that they had recently purchased at auction. And, after loading it is in his car, he is riding pretty darn low. It ended up being a ton of stuff, and we will see if we can’t lighten his load (and raise his car’s profile) by making a few corkscrew deals with him.