On October 10, 2013, I blogged about a Syroco Golden Knight corkscrew, that had was sold on eBay (not to me) for a buy it now of $125.00, and this example came with a box signed Kinsey, and included a business card from Kinsey Distilling.
A few years later (May, 2016) I blogged about another Syroco Golden Knight corkscrew that turned up on eBay, this too included a box signed Kinsey, with no business card, and sold for a fair amount more than $125.00.
Two golden knights, two Kinsey boxes… Hmmmmm…
Of course, and I blogged about this too, clearly there had to be some connection. And, after a bit of research, I found a couple of advertisements for Kinsey Whiskey that featured a golden knight. And, you might want to note the resemblance, down to the little K (Thanks Bob Gilbride) that appears both on the Kinsey advertisements and the Syroco Knight’s belt buckle.
Of course, what was equally interesting was that there was “GOLD” knight and a “SILVER” knight pictured in the advertisements.
Was Kinsey having these made by Syroco, and handing them out as promotional items to their favored dealers or retailers?
Is that the reason for the two boxes and business card that have turned up?
And, if they were having the gold knight produced, or purchasing it as a promo, could it be that somewhere out there…there is a Silver Syroco Knight?
Cue the suspenseful music…
Indeed, there is…
And, this is not a re-painted formerly Golden knight, it looks to be original, and as you can see also includes a copyright for Syroco.
I haven’t put the Gold knight and Silver knight next to each other, I will do that later today. But the other difference, beyond color, is that Silver knight has a wire worm and bell that Syroco used on the Syroco Indian, rather than the bladed worm like the Golden knight.
I will continue the hunt for linkages between Kinsey and Syroco.
But, what do you all think? Given the two Gold knights with Kinsey boxes and business card, the advertisements of the time that date in the late 40’s featuring the Gold and Silver knights, the fact that there has yet to be found a Syroco catalog reference for the knight, and now a Silver Syroco knight, are these Syroco/Kinsey knights?
The hunt continues!