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?

Where’s Wallace?

As mentioned the other day, I have long had a multi-tool corkscrew in the collection that was missing the fold-out blade.

So, it was a place holder of sorts, until I would be able to acquire a complete one. And, a complete one is enroute to the island.

While I have yet to hear of a signed / marked example of this particular corkscrew, could this be the 1908 Wallace patent for a Combination Tool?

Clearly there are differences between the corkscrew as pictured, and the patent drawing…

Still, this leads me to a couple of questions for the corkscrew collecting world.

Do you have this combination tool with fold out corkscrew that carries a patent mark, or maker’s mark?

If so, how is it marked?

Alternatively, do you have the Wallace patent as shown in the patent drawing?

patented in Rockland Maine

For those of you that found yourselves traipsing around Maine last month searching for corkscrews, there is a corkscrew that was patented in Rockland Maine in 1882.

And, while I have blogged about the Aaron M. Austin patent (#266,073) previously (5 years ago or so) the other day, I managed to find a second example.

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According to  Leading business men of Bangor, Rockland and vicinity: embracing Ellsworth, Bucksport, Belfast, Camden, Rockport, Thomaston, Oldtown, Orono, Brewer published in 1888, ““Austin’s Toilet Novelty,”  “gives but a very imperfect and inadequate idea of the many uses to which that truly wonderful combination tool can be applied…””

Marked with the patent date of  PAT 10-17-82, it is a very cool little combination tool.

That said, given that I already have one in the collection, perhaps a little trade could happen.

Anyone need the 1882 Austin patent?

Drop me a line.