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Vintage Bottle and Can Openers

June 14th, 2010 · 8 Comments

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These two photos show ads for a variety of bottle and can openers used for soda and/or beer. These ads date to about the 1950s. The first ad is for Vaughan Novelty Mfg. Co. of Chicago, Illinois. They were manufacturers of a variety of kitchen accessories and made bottle and can openers for Coca-Cola as well as big beer bottlers like Pabst and high-end hotels like the Waldorf-Astoria. Vaughan was founded in 1910 and was originally named the Crown Throat & Opener Company.

There were a huge variety of can and bottle openers made by Vaughan. They stamped their products with a brand name or advertisement to personalize them for a their customers. The openers were given interesting names too, like “Nifty”, “Dainty”, “Opens-All” and “Never Chip”. Vaughan was in business until 1984 and their products are very collectible today.

The second photo shows an ad for bottle openers made by Walden Inc. of Cambridge, MA. I was unable to find any history about this manufacturer but found some interesting information about bottle openers in general. The necessity for bottle openers followed the invention of the first successful bottle cap (or crown) design that was put into use in 1894. The first opener was made of cast iron by William Painter of Baltimore, Maryland. It was developed as a necessity while he was trying to make a better bottle crown.

Tags: Antique Advertising · Manufacturer Histories

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Valerie Wade // Sep 1, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I have an original bottle opener by Vaughan with a patent number and it’s called “Quick and Easy” Wanted to know if you were interested in it. Matter of fact, I have several originals from different individuals.

  • 2 joel trinidad // Nov 19, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    im looking for a Hazleton Pilsner metal bottle opener. i willing to pay top dollar!

  • 3 ROY TURNER // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I’ve got a bottle opener, a rare one. It says “Drink Coca-Cola in Bottles” and on the back Vaughan, Chicago. How much is it worth?

  • 4 vintagevending // Jan 25, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Roy,
    We do not do appraisals. If you want to get an idea of how much your bottle opener is worth you can check with collectors or see what other people are selling them for online.

  • 5 sandy // Mar 30, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I have a Nifty bottle opener similar to the corkscrew type but instead of corkscrew it has a sort of hook that folds down. Are you familiar with this? about what year were they made? Thanks.

  • 6 larry // Mar 31, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Came across some brand new Pilsner Brewing Yusay Beer wire type openers manufactured by Vaughan. Worth anything?

  • 7 Glenn // Oct 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I have a combination can opener and bottle opener, key chain. It is hinged and they fold over the top of each other. No markings but I am sure it is very old. At the swivel point there is a red plastic or nylon bushing keeping the two apart by an eighth in. or so. It is pre-chrome days and a little corroded looking. I have searched all the web sites and have not seen anything like it. Thanks

  • 8 Louis Taylor // Nov 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Hi. I have a Vaugh’s bottle opener/corkscrew that says “Vaughn’s Made in USA 15 cents” (symbol for cents). Do you know what the “15 cents” refers to?

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