Posted 8 months ago
Starr X Bottle Opener
I can't pass up a good bottle opener..picked this up today. Has a nice patina and I tried to polish it just enough to see the patent number.
WHAT I DISCOVERED
"The STARR X style was patented in 1925 by Thomas C. Hamilton and made by Raymond Brown Sr., the owner of a Newport News Coca-Cola bottling plant. It had a unique design that solved the problem of breaking bottles and was enhanced in the 1940s to prevent caps from sticking in the opener's teeth."
"The patent, 1,534,211, was issued on April 21, 1925. In 1943, certain modifications were made to the patent allowing a new patent for #2,333,088 to be issued to Raymond Brown, the owner of Brown Mfg. Company."
"All openers made after 1943 will have the newer patent number."
"Any opener made between 1929 - the early 1970s would say "Made in the USA"."
So we know my opener has the newer patent number and is made between 1943-1970.