5 interesting facts about cast iron bottle openers that you didn't know.
We've been casting them from original patterns for years at Yester Home and we didn't know all of them.
1.Bottle openers only became common kitchen items after the crown top (also called the crown cork) was invented by a Baltimore bottler named William Painter in 1892.
2.The presence of a Prest-o-lite hole is one way to date an opener, but another clue is to look for the name of the company that made the opener, which, prior to 1920, was commonly stamped into the metal along with the registered design number at the head.
3.Vintage Cast Iron Bottle Openers were mainly used as an advertising tool depicting the company name but not only for brewery's but also for dairies.
4.Cast iron bottle openers were made in many shapes and sizes, often very cheeky with many different types of naked lady. But also many have been used to commemorate more Royal occasions such as Charles and Diana's wedding day.
5.Most early bottle openers weren't sold but given away free with a bottle of beer ( well we won't argue with that).
They make the perfect giveaway.
If you could make your own personalised cast iron bottle opener what would put on yours?