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Details about  Antique PHILOS BLAKE PATENT ALLIGATOR CORK PRESS ~ Corkscrew Go With ~ Crocodile

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Antique PHILOS BLAKE PATENT ALLIGATOR CORK PRESS ~ Corkscrew Go With ~ Crocodile
Antique-PHILOS-BLAKE-PATENT-ALLIGATOR-CORK-PRESS-Corkscrew-Go-With-Crocodile
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Used
Ended:
Jul 27, 2012
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US $219.50
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Item location:
Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, United States

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A rare antique circa 1850's cast iron Philos Blake Patent cork press or nut cracker in the shape of an alligator or crocodile.   Philos Blake was a nephew of Eli Whitney and is most famous for having been issued the first American patent for a corkscrew.  The alligator is approximately 10" in length and the base measures approximately 2 7/8" by 10" by 3/4" .  It was originally marked Blake Patent under the alligator's jaws.  But unfortunately over the years  the paint has worn away and only a few of the letters are just barely visible (see the last attached image).  The paint on the alligator shows overall moderate to heavy wear.  The cast iron is intact and there are no chips or cracks in the alligator .  The wood base shows heavy wear and there are partial splits in the wood.  The spring mechanism in the jaws is in working order.  US buyer to pay the actual cost of  priority mail shipment with delivery confirmation.    International buyer to pay the actual cost of priority mail shipment with full insurance and full declared value.   I no longer ship to Italy, Hong Kong, China, or Indonesia.  No reserve.  ---- Please note:  all items guaranteed as represented or your money back upon return.  I do not have a "buy it now" price for this or any other item so please don't ask.   Rest assured that I will not end this auction early.     Massachusetts buyers to pay Mass. sales tax unless a valid tax number is provided.  Thanks!

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