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Capone Corkscrew

This "Champion" corkscrew was manufactured by Arcade Mfg. Co. of Freeport, Illinois. It was used in Al Capone's Chicago bar on Van Buren St. and later at his estate in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

The Champion was purchased at an IRS estate sale of the seized Capone property by the family of Marvin Dynes, Forest Lake, Minnesota. The corkscrew was acquired by Don Bull from the Dynes family in March 1983.

The Champion is based on Michael Redlinger's patent number 589,574 of September 7, 1897.

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