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B. Wilhelm Jan. 13, 1885 Corkscrew Patent

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Current price : $21,100.00
Starting bid: $20,000.00
# of bids: 13
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Location: Tucson, Az
Started: 4/19/2013 EDT
Ended: 5/5/2013 5:06:27 PM EDT
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B.  Wilhelm Jan. 13, 1885 Corkscrew Patent No. 310,766


This is the only known example of the Wilhelm patent. I have owned it for about 20 years. It was found in Los Angeles in an antique mall. It is not signed and the patent drawing has a different handle, but the handle it has is the same handle for the Alvord patent of June 24, 1884. No. 300936. Both of these corkscrews came out of Appleton, Wisconsin. They had one of the same witnesses and it looks like possibly the same attorney on the patent drawings and application.


The patent was given for this corkscrew because the circular outer sliding ring moves up and down to allow for different size bottles. The prongs that the sliding ring slides over are not static, but are adjustable as the ring moves up and down. There are internal pieces are also shown in the patent drawing.


If anyone would like to see the patent drawing, please ask and I will email the PDF.



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