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Posted 3 years ago

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Purpleisaf…
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I have been buying beer bottle openers at antique and other stores on most vacations with my wife. Recently I bought a copy of Kovels antiques and collectibles price guide and learned that a bottle opener I have passed up on many times is worth around $150, so I went to ebay to search for one that actually looked old on the hopes that it wasnt a reproduction.
It measures just under 4'' from the bottle to the top of the ears.

Would anyone know how to tell? I have a few others that I will post, including an elephant that could be part of the Donkey set.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Purpleisafruit6, 3 years ago
    Thats great, thanks for the info. I saw yours also, its really nice
  2. spriteboy42 spriteboy42, 3 years ago
    The originals are all airbrushed, then detailed by hand and painted white on the bottom. Yours looks to be original. made back in the day by John Wright Wrightsville, PA
  3. Museumtech, 2 years ago
    I believe the ears are different on a John Wright bottle opener (see http://www.fireforless.com/john-wright-donkey-bottle-opener-35-061.html ). This is the mascot for Timberjack, a Canadian company that made logging "skidders". Most of their openers say Timberjack on them and are made of brass, but I have one that is iron and not marked. Google "Timberjack donkey" and you'll see what I mean.
  4. Museumtech, 2 years ago
    AR8jason: because yours is brass and has Timberjack on it. All I _meant_ to say is that there are iron Timberjack bottle openers out there that are not clearly identified as such. Sorry if I pooped in your cornflakes.
  5. Museumtech, 2 years ago
    Apparently I may have spoken too soon - Timberjack was owned by "Eaton", which I wrongly assumed was the Canadian Eaton's, but in fact the Eaton Corporation in question was based out of Cleveland. The brand was eventually bought out by John Deere...
  6. Museumtech, 2 years ago
    ARRRGGGGHHHH! I should have stuck to my guns (read: should have listened to my dad). After digging a bit more, I found that they _were_ originally Canadian before being bought by Eaton. Here are my references this time: http://www.timberland-group.com/group/history.html

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