Kinsey Knight III

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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!

Stay tuned!

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Evil Clown

Just the other day, I was perusing our second favorite auction site, and a listing popped up for a “Evil Clown corkscrew figurine ceramic or possibly syraco dist. by King.”

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The piece had a more colorful paint job than usual, but over the years several color variations have turned up.

And, the buy it now price wasn’t bad at all.  I decided to go for it.

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I don’t know if the clown is truly evil.  And, it isn’t ceramic, but it is Syroco and it will make a nice addition to the collection.

Or Tommy’s collection…

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Whatcha got to trade TC?

Looks like there is a space for him in front of the white clown with black hair next to the stained monk…

Kinsey Knight Part II

3 years ago, I blogged about a Syroco Knight corkscrew that had turned up on eBay with a steal of a buy it now at $125.00.

What was interesting about this particular corkscrew, besides the fact that it was the Syroco Knight, was that it came with what the seller described as the original box. And, it came with a business card for Kinsey as well.

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You can read that blog entry here.

And, why are you revisiting this Josef?, you might be asking yourself.

Over the last day or so, another boxed Kinsey Knight corkscrew has turned up.  This one als0 on eBay, but sans the great buy it now price.

While we know that this is definitely a Syroco Golden Knight, it looks like the Kinsey Distilling Corporation of Linfield,  Pennsylvania makers of Linfield Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Maywood Brand Straight Rye Whiskey, and Kinsey Blended Whiskey (or perhaps Jim W. Frazier of Seattle Washington (as a representative for Kinsey Distilling Corporation) was giving these out as a presentation piece.

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Of course, with another Kinsey knight turning up on eBay (here is the listing)

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how could I not do a little more research?  With two boxed examples found, there has to be a connection between Kinsey and Syroco.

And, what would turn up…but an advertisement for Kinsey Silver Whiskey

And, more importantly, Kinsey Gold.

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A pretty striking resemblance…