- The Heeley's A-1 Patent
on the left is unusual in that the back of the butterfly handle is marked W.E.
JOHNSON & CO., LIVERPOOL.
- Second is an unmarked Nickel Plated Brass Farrow &
- The folding winged corkscrew with cap lifter (4th from left)
I already had in unmarked, marked DREKO and with Molson Ale advertising. This
one had advertising all over - the cap lifter says "Bols, Holland, Geneva" and
the wings say "Bols Dry Gin, Bols Liqueurs."
- Second from the right is a very unusual folding bow. The worm
folds into an elongated chamber with slot for the shank widening out to space
for the worm. A backspring extends the length of the chamber.
- One can never have enough brass two finger direct pulls,
right? Here are an oriental man sitting, a Dartmoor Pixie, a deer and a bear on
- The nickel plated brass fish is an interesting catch.
- I once had one of these copper wash cast poodles but he ran
away from home to be replaced by this New Zealand breed.
- My wooden cat ran away too.
- The point for the champagne tap is accessed by unthreading
the round knob on the end of the handle. The point fits loosely into the square
drive at the base and drops into the bottle after the worm is threaded through
the cork. Liquid can be poured of and the point retrieved when empty.
- Two picnic screws with bullet shaped sheaths. One is a hand
that drips the sheath as a handle and it is marked D.R.G.M. 99881 which is a
German Patent of 1898 issued to Pfeffer and Weber.
- The celluloid handle direct pull is a nice "souvenir" of New
Zealand because the shank is marked FLETCHER HUMPHREYS & CO., LTD., WINE
- The prong puller is the "Magic Cork Extractor" 1892 American
Patent issued to Lucian Mumford. This version has the harder-to-find square
retainer for the prongs. Unfortunately, it is pitted rendering the markings
only slightly visible.
- The red sheath picnic is marked with English Registered
Design #762001 (1931).
- The picnic to the left of the red sheath is marked with
Registered Design #731702 (1927) with advertising: "Robert Brown Ltd., Glasgow,
Four Crown Scotch Whisky."
- The champagne knife is marked on the blade G. DOWLER'S
- Both sizes of two finger pulls with cap lifter at right are
marked with Registered Design #713438 (1925). The largest also has advertising
- "Maling & Co., Ltd."
- The steel picnic is a pleasure to hold.
- At top left is a combo tool with corkscrew, screwdriver, cap
lifter, knife sharpener and glass cutter. The stamping is folded to protect the
folding worm and carries advertising - "H. Brooks & Co., (Bishopgate) Ltd.,
for all your glass requirements."
- The knife below is another New Zealand "Souvenir" with
advertising for "A & T Inglis Ltd., Dunedin, the Popular Store for Men."
Dunedin is where I got the corkscrews.
- The can opener is marked THE BRITISH PAT. 11360.
- The multi-tool under the can opener has cap lifter, can
opener, foil cutter and corkscrew. It is marked TURYSTA, MADE IN POLAND, URZ
PAT. NO.. 13817, P.R.L It is much more substantial than most corkscrews I have
seen from Poland.
- The modern corkscrew, stopper, cap lifter combination is
marked EMIDE. To move the corkscrew perpendicular to the "handle, the knob is
turned to back off a thread and retaining point.
- The knife at top right is marked JOHN WATTS, SHEFFIELD and
has advertising for "Laidlaw's Premier Scotch Whisky."
- The large combination tool is Registered Design No. 689051
- At lower right is a
Tool Kit complete with leather case. The leather case that holds the barrel and
the four tools in five slots has seen better days. The mint condition barrel is
marked BREVETE S.G.D.G., PARIS, T.D. This is Benoit Thinet's French Patent No.
100395 of August 10, 1874. Tools are worm, awl, screwdriver and button hook.
- At top left wire goes through handle comes down to two cork
grabbing points above worm.
- 2nd - a very French handle with dog teeth on shaft above
- 3rd - marked KHAWRI 1943. The only "Khawri" I can find on the
WWW is a cutlery manufacturer in Wazirabad, Pakistan.
- 4th - Fancy shaft with dog teeth.
- 5th - marked J. GAMBLE on square shaft.
- 6th - C. Hull's Presto (without the Presto) marked on shaft C
- Signet type at bottom left is marked R. JONES.
- Codd Bottle opener is marked LOCKWOOD.
- The collection had about 80 of these black cow horn handle
types with spike. Although English made, most seem to turn up Down Under.
Markings on these five include EYE WITNESS, SHEFFIELD; A. M. DICKINSON,
SHEFFIELD; FEDERATION; JOHNSON and JOHN MARSHALL.