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?

Clough Advertising Corkscrews for Clough Advertising Corkscrews

As mentioned he other day, I picked up a few corkscrews on my adventure down, and back up, the coast.

Two of the corkscrews acquired were wooden sheath Clough’s.

What is cool about them, is both carry different advertising for Clough, but they are also different sizes.

The smaller one reads:

Corkscrew Company
ALTON, N. H. U. S. A.

CLOUGH’S PATENTS 337,309 & 441,137

The larger one reads:

Rockwell-Clough Co.


And, it is clear that the smaller one is made for a smaller Clough wire corkscrew, as the thicker version wouldn’t fit. A pretty cool little pair of Cloughs.

Lavin & Kitchen ~ Lavin & Lauer

5 years ago today, I received in the mail from TC, the top of a bar spoon jigger (without the jigger spoon part) that included a corkscrew.  He apparently had intended to send it to me as a b-day gift, but couldn’t find it until a few months after said b-day had occurred.

His note, at the time read:

“Knew what I wanted to give you but couldn’t find it… Found it! Happy birthday Brother. See you in a few weeks.”


It has been sitting in the corkscrew collection since, and was a welcome addition.

The missing spoon would look something like this:

However, there are several versions of the spoon with jigger, and finding the right one appropriate to the corkscrew top has proven somewhat difficult.  Actually, the jigger spoons show up from time to time, but it is difficult to figure out which jigger spoon should be the appropriate fit.

Until recently!

For those of you that receive The Bottle Scrue Times, thanks to DC, we have come to learn that the little bar tool with jigger spoon is actually a patent.  And, was made by Lavin and Lauer.

The patent was granted to James A. Lavin and Edgar M. Kitchen for a design patent for their “Bulk Measuring Device” # 84,090 on May 5, 1931.

Following a bit of sleuthing, after reading Dick’s article, and having my much appreciated b-day gift from Tommy at the ready, the other day I finally managed to find the appropriate spoon to which the corkscrew is supposed to be attached.

Thanks again TC!  And, thanks DC for the fabulous write-up and discovery!







Wishlist for 2018

There are actually a lot of things that are on my wishlist for 2018: peace, understanding, love, good health, etc., but there are also a few corkscrews that I would like to add to the collection.

Over the last couple of years, I have published the corkscrew wishlist, with hopes that someone might say, “Hey, I have one of those.  Let’s make a deal.”

Here are the wish lists from a few previous years.  And, given that we publish our best sixes each year, I have limited it to six each year…


1. Trunk Patent
2. Folding Hicks & Reynolds
3. Frary with Can Opener handle
4. Jenner Patent
5. Philos Blake (how can we have a dog named Philos, and not have the corkscrew)
6. Sperry Patent


I did end up acquiring both the Trunk and the folding Hicks and Reynolds in 2014, and so the wishlist was updated with a few others that I would love to add to the collection.


1. Frary Sullivan Bar Screw
2. A new discovery from the Back of O’Leary
3. Frary with Can Opener Handle
4. Jenner Patent
5. Philos Blake Patent
6. Sperry Patent


But remained the same in 2016


1. Frary Sullivan Bar Screw
2. A new discovery from the Back of O’Leary
3. Frary with Can Opener Handle
4. Jenner Patent
5. Philos Blake Patent
6. Sperry Patent


And, while there were new discoveries from the back of O’Leary, and few that didn’t appear in O’Leary, the Frary Sullivan, Frary with can opener, Jenner, Philos Blake, and the Sperry remain illusive.

So… they are still on the list.  Yes, the list from 2017, and now the wish list for 2018!

2018 Wishlist:

1. Frary Sullivan Bar Screw
2. A new discovery from the Back of O’Leary
3. Frary with Can Opener Handle
4. Jenner Patent
5. Philos Blake Patent
6. Sperry Patent


But, what corkscrews are on your wish list?  What corkscrews do you most hope to find this year?

Feel free to respond with what you really want to add to your collection this year (email me if you are so inclined)

And, I will gladly post them on the bloggy blog, and perhaps someone will respond to your list with: “Hey, I have one of those. Let’s make a deal.”



But, you said that you, “…made a commitment to a few.”

Okay, I know that a couple of days ago in mentioning Don Bull’s corkscrew sale that I had “made a commitment to a few.”

Four actually.

Not that I wouldn’t have wanted to add even more to the collection. And, I was tempted by several others. Still, I knew that Tommy would be after a couple pieces, and a couple had been sold even before I jumped in.

And, there may be others that make their way to the island, and I am anxiously awaiting the next round of corkscrew pages (and the next).

What were the four?

The 1914 Josephine Spielbauer patent mentioned yesterday:


A glass bowl dosage cup. This would be the 1882 American Patent # 254,760 of J. Henry Zeilin. The Sterling examples do turn up, although not often. The glass example, I have never seen before. How could I resist?


I also grabbed the 1917 Otto Gessler patent (#1,218,757) for a Compound Tool. A fairly simple looking piece; I only know of a couple that have been found, and thus far it seems, no one has found it with the sheath as shown in the patent drawing.


And, finally (not that this is final, as I have no doubt there will be others in the coming weeks) I picked up the folding/bow example of the 1888 Greeley patent. A very cool little corkscrew, that I have been after years!


Will there be a fifth? I have no doubt that there will be. And, you just never know what will be turning up on our next antiquing trip, on the next auction, or…

Stay tuned.