In doing the early research for this article, I revisited
Kenneth Cope’s text repeatedly, and one morning something
struck me. There is a Lemon Squeezer that Frary produced
illustrated that had a handle that looked quite similar to a
corkscrew that I had recently picked up.
I believed the
corkscrew to be manufactured by Williamson—a knock off
of the Barnes single helix.
However, after looking at it
closely, and the catalog image from Cope, it looks to be
another Frary. After comparing the ribbed handle with the
illustration, and then with other Frary corkscrews, I believe
that it is yet another Frary‐ation.
As
we see in both the
Frary Giant, and the Frary
Fifth Avenue, the frame is
strikingly familiar—as it
appears to be the frame
from a German Reissmann
patent.
Did Frary
also
make a swivel‐over collar
utilizing the same frame?
Several Addicts that contributed images for this article
have what appears to be a decorative Reissmann patent
in with their Frarys.
Is this a Frary?
Or, is this a
Reissmann? Or, is it Frary’s version of the Reissmann?
Where Kenneth Cope found the images for his book, we
don’t know. However, those two pages found within a
book on kitchen collectibles have provided some insights
into some of the corkscrews that Frary produced, and
Frary‐ations thereof. Surely there is more information on the James D. Cutlery Company
out there somewhere. And, I will continue to hunt this information down and publish it in
the future. If you have any Frary information to contribute, please drop me a line.
I would like to thank Fred Kincaid, John Morris, Barry, Taylor, Bert Giulian, and Paul
Luchsinger for submitting photos of the Frary corkscrews in their collections for the inclusion
in this article.
Taylor collection