Bottle Opener

Bottle or cap opener, stainless steel, with three different lifting edges, each marked: "TUMBLER CAP LIFTER", "PRY-OFF Lid Flipper", and another marked with an arrow and "INSERT/UNDER CAP/TURN LIKE KEY". Maker's mark on top left: "EKCO/A&J/U.S.A.". Also marked: PAT. 2,571,401".
U.S. Patent 2,571,401: Raymond H. Williams, October 16, 1951, Chicago, Illinois, assignor to White Cap Company, Chicago, Illinois.
Maker is Ekco Housewares Company, of Chicago, Illinois, which purchased A&J Manufacturing Company of Birmingham, New York in 1929. A&J was at the time the largest producer of kitchen tools.
Currently not on view
Object Name
opener, bottle
date made
Ekco Housewares Company
Physical Description
stainless steel (overall material)
overall: 1/2 in x 4 in x 1 5/8 in; 1.27 cm x 10.16 cm x 4.1275 cm
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
place used
United States: Ohio, Columbus
ID Number
accession number
collector/donor number
catalog number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Mary Eloise Green
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