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Posted 4 years ago

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VikingFan82
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One of the bottle openers that have been around the house for years. In small print above Theo. Hamm it says: C.M.I. APP. MOD. VAUGHAN U.S.A. 56. 1956?

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  1. ZouchaR, 4 years ago
    Anyone else ever refer to one of these as a "church key"..... or know why it was called that?
  2. VikingFan82 VikingFan82, 4 years ago
    Yeah my family does. There are various reasons for the name. One, the earlier bottle openers did resemble big/long church keys, the name stuck and was transferred to the more traditional looking bottle/can openers. Second, those openers used to open sardine cans...where you basically peeled back the tin..those are called keys, the similarity could also come from there.
  3. pete, 3 years ago
    All my uncles called them church keys for the same reason stated above.
    I have a question: I have a bottle opener that says-Hamms beer "leads them all". I've never heard that phrase. Has anyone out there heard of that and how old do you think that phrase is?
  4. VikingFan82 VikingFan82, 3 years ago
    Does it look like these or does it look like the ones in the upper left here?

    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/14290-my-collection-of-vintage-bottle-openers?in=127
  5. pete, 3 years ago
    it doesn't look like either one -it's much smaller
  6. VikingFan82 VikingFan82, 3 years ago
    I think that slogan is one of their older ones. Post a picture of it.
  7. Lumpy, 3 years ago
    That is a "I" (JFO) type opener. Vaughan is the maker out of Chicago, who made them by the 1000's, for hundreds of beers & brewerys. If you want more info. on it, go to the Just For Openers web site; http://www.just-for-openers.org You can look up the type I's in the picture book , (PDF), then the assigned style number in the listings book, and price in the price book. This is how I started, with ones my Dad had around his house, and now I have over 400! Have fun.

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