Wonder Cork Lifter

While just a simple cork puller, this Wonder Cork Lifter recently made its way onto eBay, and after a week received no bids…

Well, only because I forgot to, in the hours before it ended.

I was intrigued by the label, and thought it would be a fun mystery to research.

Yesterday, it was re-listed with a buy it now, and I snapped it up.

Do any of you know the story of the Wonder Cork Lifter?

Better pictures, and hopefully more of the story soon…

Eclipse Folding Pocket Corkscrew

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Within the pages of the Lord, Owen, & Co., Wholesale Druggists, Chicago 1896 catalogue, there are a few corkscrews pictured.  One in particular stands out.

Shown in the catalogue with this woodcut illustration:

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And, the description of:

No. 999, Eclipse folding pocket, 1 doz. on card ……………….. doz. 1.75

Is this the folding pea pod corkscrew that turns up every once in a while?

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It certainly look like it!

For some reason, I thought the peapod (which now we know is an Eclipse) was of more recent vintage.

 

 

 

a quick look around

This morning, I had an appointment in Portland, Maine and was supposed to meet up with a colleague at 8:15, before we headed to another locale where a meeting was to take place.

And, given the distance between Rockland and Portland (about an hour and forty-five minutes), I left a few minutes after 6…

Being September, there are still a fair amount of tourists around, so there can be some traffic.

So, I am meandering down the coastal route one, when it occurs to me that it is Wednesday.  And, Wednesday is the antiques day at Montsweag Flea Market.

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I couldn’t speed up, as there are cars in front of me, so I figured when I got close, I would check the arrival time on my iPhone, and make a decision on whether there was enough time to wander around, or maybe I could come back on the ride back up to Rockland later in the day.

As I crested the hill, I could see all of the vendors setting up, and given that I was about 10 minutes a head of schedule, I probably had enough time to make a quick walk through and hope that there is a corkscrew (or two) worth buying amongst the various wares.

As I pulled in the lot, there was a space right up front, which would also allow for a quick getaway.

I pulled in, and scampered off.

Making my way up one aisle — no corkscrews.

Then circling up and back down the other side — no corkscrews.

On the opposite side of the field — no corkscrews.

And, I am running out of time…

Then, as I was walking by one table that was still setting up, a corkscrew was soon within my reach.

Me:  “How much for the corkscrew?”

Dealer: “$ 20.00”

Me: “Do you have any others?”

Dealer: “A brass key, and the corkscrew goes in it, but I don’t know where it is.”

Me: “No worries,” handing the dealer a $20.00, bill and hustling back to the truck with my new found treasure.

Back on the road, according to my iPhone, I was going to be rolling in right on time, but I would be cutting it close.

But, apparently through the magic of iPhone/GPS mileage v. time on the road, I pulled in 2 minutes early.

One corkscrew in the field to be had, in those early hours of dealers setting up.  But, the early bird did get the worm!

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And, it’s a Frary!

Frary’s Self-Extracting Corkscrew to be exact!

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Now, I am pretty sure this is a double (or a triple), but how fun to find a Frary corkscrew on a few minute detour from your appointed rounds!

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An effective cork extractor…

From a 1924 issue of Popular Mechanics

An effective cork extractor, which pulls the corks without breaking them, can easily be bensonmade from a large tin-opener key.  A small piece of metal , the same thickness as the key, is riveted loosely to the lower end of of the key so that it can be turned easily, and both are ground down to a point as shown.  In use the small piece is set in line with the key as shown on the right, and the key is pushed down through the cork.  By tapping the key lightly the small piece falls to a position at right angles to the key and it is then an easy matter to the pull the cork out.

 

–Harold. E. Benson, Boulder, Colo

Thanks Harold E. Benson of Boulder, Colorado!  A great idea, using a lateral projection to pull a cork, and one that was first patented in 1860 by Charles Alexander…

You ran read about this type of cork extractor here.

 

 

Clever Combination Cork Screw and Cork Extractor

From a 1919 issue of Electrical Examiner:

Combination Cork Screw and Cork Extractor.

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(316) Dan Lingo, Huntington Ark., submits an idea of a combination cork screw and cork extractor, and our illustration shows the idea which consists of a handle, cork screw on one end and beaded wire ends with the ring, at the other side. The modus operandi is shown in Fig. No 2. With a device of this kind as is well-known the cork can be extracted very readily once it is pushed inside the bottle.

A. The idea is a good one, and while there is of course nothing new as far as the two utensils are concerned, the combination of the two into one is undoubtedly a good feature. To our mind, if the wires could be pushed inside the handle, out of the way, it would be an added feature of merit. We believe a patent can be obtained on a device of this kind

Lyman Metal Products

A few years ago, Don Bull had put up for sale a pair of Lyman Metal Products pieces on the collectorcorkscrews.com auction.

And, while the pair didn’t net out lots of bids, I thought the corkscrew was remarkably cool.

Definitely not that old, but with a PAT. PEND marking, I definitely wanted to find one.

As it happened yesterday, I did.

patpendpatpend2lymanMarked on one side: LYMAN METAL PRODUCTS, NORWALK, CONN

And, on the reverse:

STAINLESS PAT. PEND

Probably not best 6 material, but a neat addition to the collection!

 

 

Three Bows

About a week ago, or so, whilst working the deal for the Sperry, I also managed to swing a deal for three folding bow corkscrews.

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The three are indeed interesting, although two are doubles.    The doubles are both Williamson, with one being marked with the 1883 patent date, and the other that is referred to as the apple bow.

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The third, I find most interesting, as the metal piece that serves as the hinge as a hard snap to it.

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It is shown in a Simmons Hardware Company catalog from the 1890’s, along with a few others…

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Of course, if anyone needs the Williamson bow with patent date or the Williamson apple bow, I am always up for a trade…