Sunday, March 4, 2012

Art Deco Parrots

Beginning in 1929, the Negbaur Manufacturing Company of New York started manufacturing this spectacular chrome Art Deco parrot combination bottle opener, corkscrew, and ice cracker. Called Polly Parrot, the parrot's beak functioned as a bottle opener, the tail functioned as a retractable corkscrew, and the base served as an ice cracker.

Polly Parrot stands about 5 - 1/4 inches tall. Originally chrome, Negbaur soon released bronze versions of this parrot, and eventually rhinestone studded versions as well.

Although rare, it is still possible to find Polly Parrot with her original box.

It is not know how long Negbaur continued to manufacture this Polly Parrot bottle opener. By the 1940s Negbaur turned to manufacturing novelty cigarette lighters, in the form of cannons and various animals. Knockoffs by other manufacturers can be found that do not carry the Negbaur trademark.  Apparently even the Chinese started manufacturing knockoff parrot bottle openers, and continue to do so to this day.

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