Kistner’s Combination Tool

From an 1883 issue of Scientific American:

A novel combination tool has been patented by Mr. Harry U. Kistner, of Bordentown, N. J.  This implement is one of those useful articles which almost every person has occasion to use very often.  The same handle accommodates a number of tools, among which are a cork screw, gimlet, skate sharpener, etc.

Interesting. I wonder what that might look like. With a quick Google Patent search… We have Kistner’s Combination Tool.

Well, the fold out corkscrew would be reason enough to add it to the collection! Do you have an 1883 Kistner Combination Tool?

Can opener, Tack Hammer, Screwdriver, and fold-out-lock-in-place corkscrew

The combination tool with corkscrew mentioned the other day arrived. And, it is a very cool addition to the collection.

When I first saw this piece, I knew it was unusual, and when I saw that it was marked PAT. PEND, I knew that I had to acquire it.

Of course, the next question, is, “Was this ever awarded a patent?”

Sending images to a few fellow collectors, the responses have been; never seen it, cool, and unusual. And, of course the Toolman, followed up with a patent number where the drawing has some similarities. Thanks Bob!

Not sure if this is actually the Shaffer, but it certainly does have a similar look.

That said the hunt for the patent will continue.

Any thoughts?