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Popeye Corkscrew

Listing # 15349
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Listing Format: Auction
Current price : $240.00
Starting bid: $100.00
# of bids: 14
Closes: Auction is closed
Location: Wirtz, VA
Started: 10/31/2014 EDT
Ended: 11/8/2014 2:26:00 PM EDT
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On April 28, 1937 a Swedish firm, Bull's Presstjänst, applied for a United Kingdom patent for "An Improved Corkscrew and Stand." Although the patent drawing features that lovable spinach eating character Popeye, it does not mention "Popeye". It describes how the handle of the corkscrew is formed like a statuette and the lower part is a stand with a cavity to accommodate the worm. The firm of Haseltine, Lake & Co. in the Southampton Buildings, London, served as agent for the applicant. British Patent 483,425 was issued April 20, 1938. The firm also applied for a French patent. The application date was May 4, 1937; Patent No. 821,440 was granted August 23, 1937. Max Fleischer's Betty Boop and Popeye studio licensed the Popeye character to Bull's Presstjänst owners Cornelius Bull and Helge Steinsvik. In Sweden the character is known as Karl-Alfred. The corkscrew was produced by the Zuckerman and Jonasson foundry. About 1000 of these were made from 1939 through 1970 in three variations.




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