Negbaur Parrot

Type

Figural corkscrew

Mark

On one side : NEGBAUR
On another side : U.S.A PAT'D

Description

American Manuel Avillar was issued a patent in 1929 for a opener with a parrotís shape. Later, the tail of the parrot is transformed into retractable worm and itís a most frequently found. The Avilar parrots is by far the most frequently seen feathered barmen. This chromium plated Art deco corkscrew is very practical, the large nozzle of the parrot is used as very effective bottle opener whereas the foot makes it possible to plunder the ice. As for the worm discreetly hidden behind the "feathers" of the bird, seems quite frail to extract from the tight corks. On the base are engraved on a side NEGBAUR and other U.S.A. PAT' D. Harry Negbaur was a tools maker, he built the figures of these corkscrews for Dollin Die Casting Company d' Irvington in the New Jersey. There are many versions of this corkscrew: brass, painted, decorated with strass, most required seems to be that with the representation of feathers on the neck of the animal. Bought in US at Shawnee (Kensas).

Length

5.12 inches (13 centimeters)

Weight

3.53 ounces (100 grammes)

Valuation

24 USD (20 €) - Last valuation january 15, 2006

Bibliography

The ultimate corkscrew book: page 220
Corkscrew Stories - vol. 2: page 105
Boxes full of corkscrews: page 91
Corkscrews Fred O'Leary: page 134 et 143
Corkscrews and openers: page 26


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