Over the years, I have shared information regarding the L.E.B. CO. tool kit; an interesting multi-tool that amongst other tools, includes a cork puller that would be used in the manner of a Greeley.
Appearing in advertisements in various publications from 1912 to 1915, we clearly can get a timeframe when the tool kit was produced.
And, there are variations as to what the kit was named; Premium Pocket Tool Kit, Sportsman’s Pocket Tool Kit, and Pocket Tool Kit, and The 47 Pocket Tool Kit.
In a 1912 edition of American Stationer, the tool kit was also featured:
THE 47 POCKET TOOL KIT
The illustrations here shown are the 47 Pocket Tool Kit which is sold by the L.E.B Sales Company, of 115 Broadway, New York. This kit, true to its name
takes up but little space, being quite easily carried in one’s pocket. As can be seen by the list of tools it contains it is practically indispensable around the house, in the barn, garage or, for that matter, in one’s office. Besides the usefulness of its tool it has the added advantage of economy and price. The Kit being sold for a dollar, and the whole lot not taking up the room that one ordinary hammer occupies. Moreover, the tools can always be found because the Kit is at hand in which to replace them. There is therefore every argument in favor of the Kit for the ordinary run of uses.
As truthfully stated by the L. E. B. Sales Company: “No matter where one goes, or under what circumstances, some one or more of these tools will serve some useful or vital purpose. You have seen tool holders, tool chests, and other collections of tools, but never before a Pocket Tool Kit, a Kit that can be made your constant companion and servant to serve so many wants that cannot be enumerated.“
“Some of the tools included in the Kit are: Hammer, screw driver, chisel, dividers, tweezers, compass, saw, protractor, file, round file, rule, bevel, universal chuck, tool handle, T square, tri square, scratch guage, depth gauge, slide calipers, reamer, countersink, brad awl, scratch awl, straight edge, ink eraser, tack claw, nail set, center punch, bag needle, sail needle, button hook, spatula, scraper, stiletto, and ten others. They are made on honor and sold on guarantee, price $1.”
Before we left on vacation, I managed to pick up a large version of the pocket tool kit. And, the size difference between the regular L.E.B. Co. tool kit, and the larger one is significant:
A really neat addition to the cork puller collection.
Over the last week, I have had my eyes on a corkscrew on eBay.
I know, big surprise..
And, I had placed a bid early, and said corkscrew lot ended yesterday.
Now, the corkscrew doesn’t have some fabulous function, nor is it made of some unusual materials, it is just cool, and fairly hard to come by…
There have been two of these that have sold on the corkscrewcollectors.com auction; one for a fairly high price, and one for a few dollars more than the bid that ultimately won the auction on eBay. And, there was one that turned up at the Dearborn CCCC meeting in 2012.
As the auction was winding down to the last two minutes, the corkscrew had jumped in price, and I had pretty much decided to let it go…
And, then with about 30 seconds left, I changed my mind, and threw out a bid.
I was the high bidder!
With 8 seconds to go, my bid was taken out.
With 5 seconds left, I went higher.
Literally…within seconds of the auction ending, I received a message from TC, which simply said:
Apparently he was one of the other bidders, and we had a good exchange about the scarcity of the little corkscrew, and how we both wanted it.
In 2014, when Fred Kincaid had put his up for sale, he referred to it as “Little Korky,” as it certainly seems to be part of the McDowell patent Korkmaster family…
A fun addition to the collection. The next one is yours TC!
On Sep. 02, 1879, Benjamin N. Shelley of Anderson, Indiana was awarded patent number 219,313 for his Improved Combination Implement for Domestic and Other Uses.
When the Shelley turns up, it is usually found with a PATD APLD FOR marking (with the two D’s in superscript) as well as the mark “LADIES FRIEND.”
In Shelly’s patent drawing, he explains:
My invention consists of a combined implement for domestic and other purposes, which presents in a single device and compact form the functions of hammer, screw-driver, cork-screw, can-opener, ice-pick, glass cutter and breaker, stove-lifter, tack-drawer, saw-set, knife-sharpener, wrench, steak-tenderer, and putty-knife.
That is a lot of uses.
And, a lot of hyphens…
That said, when the “LADIES FRIEND” turns up, they almost always have damage to the corkscrew. Odd turns, broken tips; it makes you wonder what material Shelley used for the corkscrew, or perhaps people in 1878 opted to use the corkscrew as the stove-lifter or steak-tenderer…
Still, it is fabulous combination multi-tool with corkscrew that I would love to add to the collection…
If you have a “LADIES FRIEND” laying around, feel free to drop me a line at Josef@vintagecorkscrews,com
Of course, feel free to email regarding any antique corkscrews with which you wish to part.
Under the Patent Office’s category of “Cork Extractors” we find this familiar-looking device of 1867. Can openers of this style have, of course, become obsolete, but there are several contemporary corkscrews based on this principle.
The 1867 corkscrew described (and pictured) in Inventor’s Handbook is, of course, the 1867 McGill (#61,080) patent.
Interestingly, the McGill has still yet to have turned up with the frame and can opener, mirroring the patent drawing, and instead, when found, is a simple direct pull, with a can opener end; usually marked PATENT:
That said, I would love to find a spring mechanism frame corkscrew with can opener attached to the handle…that looks like the 1867 patent!
One of the coolest aspect of collecting, is that over the years, as you develop friendships with other collectors, your collecting friends will make trades with you knowing that they have something you want. And, of course, you are well aware of corkscrews that will also fit within their collections.
And, as word has gotten out that I am on the 1903 Lowenstein patent hunt, TC offered up his Pearl Wedding Select Whiskey example as part of a trade.
In doing research into Lowenstein and those that used his patent as a vehicle for advertising, Pearl Wedding is key, as within their advertising at the time, they actually feature a corkscrew attached to their bottle.
On the two bottles on the right, the Lowenstein is shown…
Hmmmm… reduce the size of the image, rotate clockwise, erase the background…
Looks like it should fit…
A really cool addition to the collection. Thanks for the deal TC!
If you have a similar corkscrew, with different advertising, I am interested!