The story goes that there was a trend to use Cartoon caracters in Barware in the late 50s early 60s and there were porcelain figural decanters and other items from the era were made in the image of a Character such as this opener. It was quickly stopped by the Consumer Protection Agency as promoting / attracting Alcohol use for Children and the products were no longer produced and were pulled from shelves. So, items like this are somewhat rare.
MARKS: TOM COLLINS....Crownmark with Copyright ...CAN AND BOTTLE OPENER #2179, this is printed on the paper liner, the opener and box are unmarked.
SIZE: OPENER: 3-1/4" x 2-1/2"
SIZE: BOX... 4-1/2" x 3"
CONDITION: TOM CAT: one tiny pinhead size enamel chip on the left foot in the black, as shown in the picture. Two spotsof enamel loss on the left hand in the black and finally some tiny edge enamel losses on the right foot /paw, the cheeks and toes are goldtone and do not appear to have been enameled when viewed with a loupe.
Excellent with no wear to the goldtone finish. The opener itself has a little play, not perfectly tight. I Believe it was made this way as it has been so since I purchased from an Estate in the mid 90s. Very good collectible condition .
BOX: the clear cover has some crazing lines but no wear , cracks,repairs, fading or chips. Very very good condition.
PAPER LINER: light toning, some tiny indents from the pointed opener , very very good condition.
Great piece of Comic Memorabilia , dated controversial time in Mid Century marketing and fabulous figural opener.
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