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Figural bottle openers

Figural bottle openers became collectible as twist-off and "pop-top" containers replaced bottles sealed with metal caps. The majority of authentic collectible bottle openers were made between the 1940s and mid-1960s. Even though original openers are not especially old, they have been popular targets of reproduction importers. Three copies are shown here.

The opener in Fig. 1 is an 8″ chrome plated figural nude. Priced at $15 in a national mail order company. No mark. Copied from a 1950s original; original maker unknown.

Bulldog wall mounted opener in Fig. 3 is painted cast iron, made in China. Wall mounted man's head in Fig. 2 is also painted cast iron made in China. Both Figs. 2 & 3 were originally made by Wilton Products of Wrightsville, PA. The new cast iron pieces have a slightly rusted, distressed "antique" finish. The catalog description lists both cast iron pieces as being made from "turn-of-the-century British molds." Red and white paint on both new cast iron pieces fluoresces under long wave black light.


Fig. 1 New 8″ chrome plated nude figural bottle opener. Copied from 1950s original. New retail price, $15.


Fig. 2 New four-eyed man's head wall mounted bottle opener, 3¾″ tall. Painted cast iron made in China. New retail, $9.95.


Fig. 3 New bulldog wall mounted bottle opener, 4¼″ tall. Painted cast iron made in China. New retail, $9.95. Rough metal casting, distressed rough finish on paint.

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