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2 American Patents; Strait & Griswold - D'Errico Collection

Listing # 26555
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Current price : $300.00
Starting bid: $300.00
# of bids: 1
Closes: Auction is closed
Location: vinalhaven, me
Started: 11/6/2020 EDT
Ended: 11/14/2020 2:58:41 PM EDT
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Click on a picture to enlarge or download file. 2 American Patents; Strait & Griswold  - D'Errico Collection 2 American Patents; Strait & Griswold  - D'Errico Collection 2 American Patents; Strait & Griswold  - D'Errico Collection
DESCRIPTION

two American patents for one price; The Grisold patent of 1884 and the Strait patent of 1883.  Interesting, neither are marked.  This is typical of the Griswold, as the date was lightly incised into the wooden handle, but atypical of the Straight that is usually marked on the bell.  Both have sharp helixes, and there is some damage atop the Strait as shown in the images.  Still, a great opportunity to add some hard to find American corkscrews to the collection.

 

 

Many of you will recognize the name Nicholas D’Errico as the author of American corkscrew patents 1921-1992: a guidebook for collectors, from the pages of Fred O’Leary’s book on American corkscrews, or having known Nick as a longtime collector and member of the CCCC. Nick passed away in 2012, and his son, Nick D’Errico IV, has asked me to help sell his father’s collection.

What you will find should you bid and win any of these corkscrews, is that often Nick would mark each corkscrew with a sort of coding with wax pencil. This code could easily be removed, however, I have left the code on those where it is present, as I think it denotes that it comes from the D’Errico collection. And, every one of these corkscrews, with its code, corresponds to notebook entries where each corkscrew was cataloged. Interesting to note, however, that there is no code to explain what Nick’s coding meant.

Proceeds of the sale will go to the D’Errico family.

CONDITION

Good condition overall.

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