Patent 43,810…

In Japan, patent 43,810 dates to 1917, and a diagram of said patent is shown in Don Bull’s book on Japanese corkscrews on page 50.

Recently a box containing an example of this particular patent was put up for auction, with the box reading “PATENT NO 43810, Improved Bottle Cap Extractor & Bottle Stopper.”

On the reverse of the lid, the usage of the Improved Bottle Cap Extractor is shown:

While the images from the auction listing where the Nakayma Seizo patent was found does not show the corkscrew, it looks as if by unscrewing the the bottle cap extractor from its sheath, a corkscrew will reveal itself.

I was willing to take that chance.

I mean, if they show the corkscrew piece in the directions…

And, an exciting new Japanese patent corkscrew discovery is heading to the island.

Kirin Beer Murphy

A while back, in doing some random search, I ran across a corkscrew with an advertisement for KIRIN BEER.

It was an item that had long since sold, but it look likes a Murphy button with an advertisement for KIRIN BEER.

Did Murphy sell corkscrews to KIRIN? No marking on the shaft was mentioned, but it definitely looks Murphy-ish.

This morning, a similar corkscrew was put up for sale, and I decided to take a chance.

And, a Kirin Beer (possibly Murphy) button corkscrew is heading to the island.

If there is indeed a Murphy marking, I will update the blog accordingly.

And, if there isn’t a Murphy mark, I will update the blog accordingly.

The Utility Patent

As mentioned the other day, recently I picked up a Japanese patented corkscrew (patent # 64,845) from 1922. And, in the patent drawing it shows a can opener that is house within the handle.

Also, as previously mentioned, I promised to give the handle a good twist, just in case the can opener was actually was present.

There will be no big reveal here, as the handle is solid wood; pinned on the side, but no can opener…

Still, a nice addition to the growing Japanese patent corkscrew collection.

1910 Japanese patent…

A couple of years ago, I was doing an appraisal of a corkscrew collection (for those that don’t know, both the lovely and I are certified appraisers), and in amongst the various pieces–the bulk of which were American, was an unusual corkscrew that was clearly broken, and also clearly of Japanese origins.

As was my practice, I took photos, and included it in the appraisal.

I was intrigued by the sillcock-like handle, and when I got back to Maine, I grabbed Don’s book on Japanese corkscrews, and thumbed through.

Surprisingly, there are a couple of corkscrews in the patent illustrations that have similar handles…

I settled on the piece being an 1910 patent, as illustrated in Bull’s book.

Of course, knowing that this broken example existed, I have been on the look out for a complete example.

And, keep in mind, with the exception of the illustration that is present in Don’s book, a complete 1910 patent has yet to turn up in any book on corkscrews.

As of last week however, after a bit of searching, a complete example is headed to the island.

When it arrives, I will provide better pictures and try to decipher all of the writing upon it.

Stay tuned.

And, if you have an antique Japanese corkscrew, drop me a line!