The Supplee Hardware Company of Philadelphia was established in 1856, and operated under that name until 1905 when it merged with Biddle Hardware, changing it name to Supplee-Biddle in 1905.
That said, there was a myriad of mergers, buy-outs, and changes for Biddle Hardware, Supplee-Biddle and Supplee Hardware, and according to yesteryeartools.com, the name changes look like this:
Biddle Hardware 1837-1919
Lloyd, Supplee & Walton 1867-1889
Supplee Hdw. Company 1889-1905
Supplee, Biddle & King Hdw. Co. 1905-1919
Supplee, Biddle Co. 1919-1950
Whilst at the Just for Openers meeting, TC presented me with a Detroit corkscrew that is marked for SUPPLEE HDW., which falls within the 1889-1905 timeframe, as listed above (the Detroit being the 1891 patent of David W. Davis).
Another variation of advertising that exists on the Detroit corkscrew, and thanks TC for the addition to the collection!
The list of advertising Detroit and Puddefoot is clearly not complete, as other versions have turned up, but here are a few of the known advertisements:
On the Detroit corkscrew:
BRISCOE MFG. CO. AUTO PARTS, DETROIT MICH. — added to the collection recently
CHAS. PICK & CO., CHICAGO (with knife blade)
COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION, CHICAGO USA 1893
COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION, CHICAGO USA 1893 (with knife blade)
COMPLIMENTS OF GERKE BREWING CO. CINNCINATI
COMPLIMENTS OF JOS. SCHLITZ BREWING CO
COMPLIMENTS OF MINNEAPOLIS BREWING CO. MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. “GILT EDGE”
COMPLIMENTS OF MINNEAPOLIS BREWING CO “EXPORT WEINER”
COMPLIMENTS OF PABST BREWINC CO. MILWAUKEE (with knife blade)
COMPLIMENTS OF THE GREENWAY BREWING CO.
I. L. LAMM, WHOLESALE LIQUOR DEALER, WEST SUPERIOR, WIS.
LOCK CITY BREWING CO.
SUPPLEE HDW. CO. PHILADELPHIA, PA – the most recent addition
VOIGT BREWING CO. LTD. DETROIT, MICH. U.S.A.
VOIGT (V IN TRIANGLE AND CIRCLE) DETROIT
THE VOIGT BREWERY LTD. DETROIT, MICH. U. S. A. EXPORT RHINEGOLD
WOOD POLLARD CO. BOSTON, MASS
On the Puddefoot Corkscrew
BROTHERHOOD WINE CO. NEW YORK
COMPLIMENTS OF GREENWAY BREW’G SYRACUSE N.Y.
COMPLIMENTS OF MINNEAPOLIS BREWING CO. MINNEAPOLIS, MINN “GILT EDGE.”
WELCH GRAPE JUICE CO., WATKINS, N.Y.
WELCH GRAPE JUICE CO., WESTFIELD, N.Y. (WITH BOAT HANDLE).
If you have a Detroit Cork Screw with advertising that doesn’t appear on the list drop me a line, at josef@vintagecorkscrews .
And, if you have a Detroit corkscrew advertising Voigt, Lock City Brewing, Puddefoot, or Puddefoot Sheet Metal, I am still on the hunt.