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A Short 120+ Year Study in US Patented Self Pullers

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Location: California, United States
Started : 2/16/2017 1:29:13 PM
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A Short 120+ Year Study in US Patented Self Pullers
Seller Ebay ID / Identifiant eBay du vendeur: wirehelix
Seller Name / Nom du vendeur: Jack D. Bandy
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A Short Study in US Patented Self Pullers

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The four corkscrews in this lot span over 120 years of US patented self puller corkscrews.

Example #1 is the first self puller idea patented in the US by Charles Chinnock in 1862. Though there were some self pullers patented in intervening years, notably out of Troy, New York, in 1893 Edwin Walker patented his self puller bell, example #2, which was one of the most successful and ubiquitous self pullers of the era. With the obvious exception of the Williamson self puller bells which closely resembled Walker’s bell idea, there were no other notable attempts at self puller patents until 1976. In that year, George Peterson, president of Etamco Industries, parent company to C. T. Williamson Co. obtained a self puller design patent represented by example #3. Finally, example #4, the Screwpull, is one of the most recent and successful patents to incorporate the self puller idea. While the first of the Screwpull patents was obtained in 1981 by Herbert Allen, example #4 appears to be more closely related to the 1983 patent.

I consider each of these pieces to be in very good to excellent condition. The Chinnock and Peterson pieces are unmarked. The Walker example is stamped “ESP/Pat. Apld For” on the end of the handle and also bears advertising for “Dr. Harter’s/Wild/Cherry/Bitters/The Best/on/Earth”. The Screwpull is marked “Screwpull” on one frame and “The Christian Brothers” on the other.

(NOTE–if desired, the lot includes stand, original case and box and printed instructions and advertising brochure for the Screwpull. However, these items may add to the shipping costs because of the increased size.)

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U.S. and Canadian Buyers----Payment by check or money order ONLY. Buyers to pay postage, Delivery Confirmation and insurance (if desired). If possible, shipping will be by Flat Rate Priority box unless requested or required otherwise because of size and/or weight. Flat Rate box rates vary depending on size of box required. If containers other than the USPS Flat Rate boxes are required, postage is by weight and can vary accordingly. If you need shipping and/or insurance cost estimates, just let me know.

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I consider each of these pieces to be in very good to excellent condition.  See description for additional details. 

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