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Rare Frary Bar Corkscrew

Listing # 16591
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Listing Format: Auction
Current price : $13,604.00  ( Reserve met )
Starting bid: $450.00
# of bids: 33
Closes: Auction is closed
Location: North Hills, CA
Started: 4/17/2015 EDT
Ended: 4/26/2015 1:27:48 PM EDT
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DESCRIPTION

Rare Frary Bar Corkscrew

Offered is this superb example of what is often, but erroneously, referred to as the “Frary patent” bar screw. We know it wasn’t patented, and this misconception almost certainly arises from the way in which this piece is marked. On one side of the yoke are the words “FRARY PATENT” giving the impression it is patented. However, looking at the other side of the yoke are the words “APD FOR - 5th AVENUE" (see photo). Whether intended or not, this would seem a masterpiece of deception. Whereas it was clearly illegal to mark something as patented when it was not, given the way it was marked makes it arguable that notice was only being given that a patent had been applied for. Whether or not a patent had been applied for, we’ll never know.

As for the provenance of this piece, it not only comes from my collection, where it has been a centerpiece for over 30 years, but was photographed and used in two standard corkscrew references works, O’Leary’s “Corkscrews” and Meadows, “Compendium of Bar Corkscrews”.

I consider this piece to be in excellent condition being all original and complete with the “bird” and the attaching chain.
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See photos and O’Leary, “Corkscrews”, contents page, and Meadows, “Compendium of Bar Corkscrews”, page 127.  Also see listing #5336 which is a slightly different version with clamps, but without the “bird” and chain.

Please ask any questions before bidding at wirehelix@yahoo.com

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Payment, Postage and Insurance

All Buyers---Please DO NOT PAY until you have received your invoice with payment instructions.

 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. Registered Mail is also available for an additional cost for more valuable item.

Other International Buyers---Please DO NOT PAY until you have received your invoice. For shipping costs---please inquire since international shipping costs vary widely depending on destination, weight, size of box and value. I will do my best to provide as accurate an estimate as possible prior to actual shipment.

All Buyers: Please do not pay until you have received my invoice. It will be emailed as quickly as possible after the auction.

Please email any questions before bidding at wirehelix@yahoo.com

 

CONDITION

I consider this piece to be in excellent condition being all original and complete with the “bird” and the attaching chain.

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