Bob’s Holy Grail…

After asking what is your corkscrew holy grail, Bob G. emailed in with is, explaining:

“My Holy Grail Corkscrew is the Philos Blake patent no. 27,665 of March 27, 1860. While it may or may not be the “first patent for a corkscrew “ it is certainly my number 1.”
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Thanks Bob!
Other than a Briard (French Sheep Dog) named Philos Blake, we don’t have a Blake in the collection either.
Who else wants to chime in.  What is that ONE corkscrew that you would love to add to your collection?

The Holy Grail…

I will preface this by saying, that as I peruse the back of O’Leary and scan patent drawings of corkscrews that have still yet to have been discovered, there are countless American patented corkscrews that I would love to add to the collection.

And, over the last 20 years or so, I have been able to add several that were considered in our collective corkscrewy world, as new new discoveries.

For longtime readers, the one corkscrew that is my holy grail, will not come as a surprise.      I have known of two examples.  One a dealer friend in Connecticut told me about, years after he had sold it.  And, the other, is in Ion’s collection in Romania.  I am guessing that they didn’t make only two…

It’s a Frary, of course, and I know that someday one will present itself, and it will round out the James D. Frary corkscrew collection.

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This has been on my wish list for years, and clearly continues to be.

Here it is as shown in an 1889 issue of Iron Age:

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It is the corkscrew that I WANT in the collection…   This example is in Ion’s collection.

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If any one out there has this…  Please drop me a line.

That all said, what is the ONE corkscrew that you want to add to your collection?  What is YOUR Holy Grail?  Send photos or drawings…  I will post them here.

“OUTYOUCUM” CORK EXTRACTOR

From an 1892 issue of Chemist and Druggist:

THE “OUTYOUCUM”
CORK EXTRACTOR.

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Price per doz. 8s. This is One Thousand times better
than any that have gone before for the purpose.

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Really?

One Thousand times better?

How bad were the previous ones that were intended for this same purpose?

F & S, would be W. B. Fordham and Sons, and in another issue of Chemist and Druggist, the advertisement for the OUTYOUCUM, also explains that the cork extractor is patented.

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One thousand times better than any that have gone before, for taking Corks and parts of Corks from Bottles, Jars, &c.

Tormey x3

After posting the bloggy blog about Tormey the Lesser, I received an email from Don Bull about yet another version of the Tormey patent cork extractor.

This version, instead of two sets of hooks at the base of the shaft, was designed with a single set of hooks.  And, this one too is marked with the 1890 patent date.

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If any of you have the third Tormey in your collection and are interested in parting with it.

Feel free to drop me a line.

Thanks Don!

 

Tormey the Lesser

In 2018, I managed to pick up a Tormey patent cork extractor at Brimfield.  It was one of the many cool pieces that were discovered that day.

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It was the first time that I had ever had the opportunity to get the 1890 Tormey patent, and was excited to add it to the American patent cork extractor collection.

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That said, there are two versions of the Tormey patent.  There is the larger (or longer) Tormey that is nearly 12 inches, and the smaller (or shorter) version that is closer to 9 inches.

And, given that I didn’t have Tormey the Lesser, when the opportunity presented itself, I snapped it up.

Marked, PAT. NOV. 25, 1890 on the shaft, it is a welcome addition to the collection.

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Erie Specialty Mfg. Co.

I will preface this by saying, I don’t really collect bar screws.  I mean, I do have the Frary Fifth Avenue, and I would happily add the Frary Sullivan, but usually bar screws that find their way to the island, ultimately… find their way into other collections.

That said, the other day a really cool looking Walker patent bar screw came up on eBay, and I just couldn’t help myself.

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I really dig the the red advertising place that reads “”ERIE SPECIALTY MFG. CO. ERIE, PA, PAT APLD.”

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Wishlist for 2020

It is New Year’s Eve, and as we are about to ring in 2020, as is tradition, I figured I would throw out a corkscrew wishlist for the coming year.

As mentioned previously, it was a great year of collecting, and one of the corkscrews that has been on my wishlist for years, found its way into the collection.  And, actually, since I managed to find two different versions of the Sperry, they made their way into the collection.

Here is my wishlist from a couple of years ago:

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Frary Sullivan Bar Screw

Something from the back of O’Leary

Frary with can opener

Jenner patent

Philos Blake patent

Sperry patent

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So… the Sperry is off the list, and I did manage to find something from the back of O’Leary!

Still, finding something in the back of O’Leary, or a patent that doesn’t appear within his book, is always on the wish list.

And, while someone, I am sure, will be adding an 1862 Russell patent (albeit a broken one) to their corkscrew collection this year, amongst others the piece I would really like to add is another Zeilin.

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So, here is the list.  Of course, I would love to add all kinds of corkscrews, but let’s see if we can’t knock a couple of these off.

Frary Sullivan

Something from the back of O’Leary

Frary with can opener

Jenner patent (I do have one, but it is in horrible shape)

Philos Blake patent

Zeilin patent: pictured on page 63 of O’Leary and marked, “ONE TEASPOONFULL PARRISHS HYPOPHOSPHITES, J.H. ZEILIN & CO. PHILA, PA”

Let the hunt continue!

What is on your wishlist for 2020?  

Feel free to email your corkscrew wishlist for 2020 to me.  Maybe some of our readers have doubles or are up for a trade!

 

 

A year of corkscrewing around…

While the best six will be published in the next day or so, it is the day before Christmas, and looking back, it has been yet another fantastic year of corkscrewing around.

I just want to take this opportunity to say thank you, to all of you, for your friendship (and readership).

Merry Christmas!  And, good hunting in the New Year!