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    Posted 10 years ago

    ThriftyGypsy
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    I found this item a while back while going through a box of stuff I had received from my wife's late grandfather's estate. I recently "found" it again. I have always considered it to be a bottle opener, but I have reason to believe that it may be something else. There are no wear marks that would indicate that it had ever removed any bottle tops. It is starting to look like some type of gage or measuring device. He ran a gas station during the 40's and 50's, and I am wondering if it had some gas station related use. I am hoping some of my fellow collector's can tell me what this is. Thanks for looking, ThriftyGypsy

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    1. packrat-place packrat-place, 10 years ago
      It kind of looks like a tool to punch holes in the top of oil cans, just a guess.
    2. Lumpy Lumpy, 10 years ago
      It's a bottle opener, (JFO # N-2), DESIGNED BY OSCAR GALTER,
      DESIGN PATENT NO. 153,349 (04/12/1949).
      Patent site is;
      http://www.google.com/patents?id=LVRwAAAAEBAJ&pg=PA2&dq=153,349&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ULtPT5fUF-ri0gHK593NDQ&sqi=2&ved=0CDgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=153%2C349&f=false
      Hope this helps,
      Lumpy
    3. Lumpy Lumpy, 10 years ago
      This opener was only used by one beer company, Dixie Brewing, New Orleans, LA. Blank openers can be found, but they are few and far between, Dixie openers are even harder to find. Dixie's have a value between $10 - $25, so a blank would be on the low end.
      Lumpy
    4. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 10 years ago
      Bring back the days when everyone had a church key hanging on the rear view mirror. Although in a pinch the door latch on a 1950 ford was a perfect bottle opener. Brings back memories of bonfires and bobby socks.
    5. ThriftyGypsy ThriftyGypsy, 10 years ago
      Thanks for the information packrat-place, I have not considered that before now. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting, Thanks, ThriftyGypsy
    6. ThriftyGypsy ThriftyGypsy, 10 years ago
      Hey Lumpy, You are the man! You have definitely solved this mystery. I really appreciate the research you did on this, and the time that you put in on it. It is also really interesting to know that it was used by only one beer company, in New Orleans. La. I am still trying to figure out how it got up here to North Carolina ! Anyway, I knew that one of the "experts" on here would know where to look for this information. Thanks again for your help, Thrifty Gypsy
    7. ThriftyGypsy ThriftyGypsy, 10 years ago
      Thanks fhrjr2 for the comments. I definitely remember the old church keys, it seems like some people get lost when you call them that today. I have about 10-15, and they are still pretty cool items to me ! T.G.
    8. bighardhead, 9 years ago
      my dad give me one of these today is has "Drink Dixie Beer "on my's so i'm thinking it's a bottle opener
    9. ThriftyGypsy ThriftyGypsy, 8 years ago
      Thanks tom61375 for the love. T.G.

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