Send your order today, pin a dollar bill to coupon below and the shipment will go forward to you the same day as received.

From an issue of Air Wonder Stories, November 1929

Ten Tools in One

A SMALL but handy article which serves every possible need of the all-round mechanic.  In valuable in any emergency.  An excellent combination of all utilities for the household featured:  HAMMER—KNIFE-SHARPENER—NAIL-PULLER—BOTTLE-OPENER—SCREW-DRIVER—CORK-SCREW—CAN-OPENER—WEIGH-SCALE—RULER—TABLE OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES.

Just glance at the illustration and you will see how really useful this article is.  The “Ten in One Tool” is 10 inches high and finely nickel-pated.


The new tool is not only handy in the household, but every TOURIST, AUTOIST, CAMPER, PICNICKER, BOYSCOUT, FISHERMAN, CANOEIST, etc., should carry in his bag one of these indispensable combination tools.  No SHOP, OFFICE, STORE, GARAGE, FARM, BOAT, should be without one.  Price $1.00 POSTAGE PAID.

Be the first one to own the “Ten in One” in your town.

Send your order today, pin a dollar bill to coupon below and the shipment will go forward to you the same day as received.


245 Greenwich St.

New York

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Greenpark Tool Company

245 Greenwich Street,
New York, N.Y.

Enclosed find a $1.00 for which please send me prepaid your “Ten Tools in One



Town                                       State…..

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Now, we know the “Ten in One Tool” as the Frederich J. Alderson patent of 1932.

Alderson (having already obtained a Canadian patent) was awarded his American patent for a Combination Tool (# 1,845,038) on February 16th.  85 years ago tomorrow!


Chick Can Opener

From a 1911 issue of Commercial America, Volume 8.

Chick Can Opener

To open a can with the Chick Can Opener illustrated herewith, the opener is simply set to the proper size, the center disc placed on the center of the can and by slight pressure on the large center holder, the pins penetrate the can.  A turn of the long handle then cuts a circle open in the can.  The straight blade at the end is used for opening square or odd-shaped tins and is provided with corrugations to prevent slipping.


The Chick Can Opener is offered for export by the Andrews Wire and Iron Works, 80 Griswold Street, Detroit, Michigan.  It is made in two styles, one for ordinary household use and a larger one for hotel use, the latter opening any cans up to the one-gallon size.

“The Chick Can Opener?” you ask.

Well, sure.  This particular can opener was patented in 1908 by Oscar F. Braconier, and was assigned to our man Oscar F., but it was also assigned to one Thomas Chick.

Hence the Chick Can Opener…


I don’t yet have this patent, but I would happily trade heavily for it.  Or, perhaps make an outright purchase.  So, if you have the Chick Can Opener (with corkscrew), feel free to drop me a line.


This would start the 2017 corkscrew collecting year off right.  Do you have one?


Indispensable to the Automobilist, the Householder, the Farmer, the Mechanic-The Layman-everyone!

Several years ago, I picked up a Handy-Man Combination Tool Kit.  An interesting multi-tool, it had a handle which would hold several tools in the handle, and a chuck into which a tool would be attached for use.

This particular tool kit made its way into someone else’s collection, and I have been looking for another one ever since.

Yesterday, a deal was agreed upon for another Handy-Man Combination Tool Kit.

Now, for those of you that are long time readers, I wrote about this back in July of 2010, you may recall that the handle of the tool kit is marked PATS. APPLD FOR  (I am guessing, that would indicate multiple patents were applied for).

It also is due that particular mark, that John Morris included this in his latest O’Leary update–just the other day in Nanaimo.

I have tried multiple times to figure out if a patent was awarded for this piece, but to no avail.  What I have found are two advertisements for it.  One from 1915 and another from 1918, which helps to provide a date of manufacture.




An interesting tool, that was featured in an article by Don Bull in the Winter 2012 issue of The Bottle Scrue Times.  If anyone has any clues as to a patent for this tool kit, it would be greatly appreciated.

Arthur Merton Parker?

After a bit of back and forth, a price was agreed upon for an unusual multitool with corkscrew.  And, while the back and forth was back and forthing, I messaged Tommy, as I was at the wine shop and didn’t have O’Leary’s book handy.

The piece is marked PAT. PEND., and looked vaguely familiar.


Fortunately, Tommy was available, and had O’Leary handy, and sent back the following photo from the book.


Well, there certainly are a lot of similarities.  But, the 1905 Arthur Merton Parker patent, as pictured in O’Leary, isn’t quite exact.  On the other hand, it is pretty close.


Perhaps with the PAT PEND mark, this simply is an early version of the Arthur Merton Parker patent.

Maybe we should check the patent drawings…


We are getting closer, but not quite there.  But, our man A. M. Parker, had other patents…  Could this have been yet another can opener he created.

Digging a  little deeper, I ran across this drawing from 1907


Okay…  the handle looks closer to the piece that I just picked up, but the mechanism looks closer to the 1905 Parker patent…

Given that I was now home, I grabbed O’Leary and skimmed through, checking the Merton Patent first, and then BOO to see if the drawing existed there.

The drawing is indeed in BOO (Back of O’Leary) but is this PAT. PEND. piece an early version of the 1905 patent (#789,103) ?  Is it an early version of the 1907 patent (#858,532).

Feel free to weigh in.

I have asked John Morris to bring his example of the 1905 Parker patent to the upcoming corkscrew meetings in Vancouver.  It will be interesting to compare them side by side.




Every one has a use for a Knife, Reamer, File, Saw, Chisel, Screw Driver or Cork Puller.

From the The Columbian volume 4, number 1 – April 1911;

No. 602 “ULERY”
Pocket Knife Tool Kit

Every one has a use for a Knife, Reamer, File, Saw, Chisel, Screw Driver or Cork Puller. This outfit is practical, yet so small, being contained in a Leather Pocket Book 4 ¼ x 3 ¼ inches, is, by carrying it in your pocket, always at hand for immediate use, whether Camping, Boating, Teaming, Driving, in the Shop, Factory, Office, Store, Warehouse, Automobile, on the Farm, Bicycle, or around the Home.

Any Tool firmly attached or detached to the Pocket Knife in a second.



Quite the handy little kit, the cork puller tool that attaches (and detaches in a second) is William T. Vallandingham’s American patent for a cork extractor (# 883,988) awarded April 7, 1908.