2022 Fundraiser.

1855 Patent Can Opener

Original can opener.
Reproduction can openers.

All have been claimed. 

These 1855 patent can openers were made by staff at Fort McKavett State Historic Site using an original owned by Mitchell Critel as the example. The handles are japanned using a period recipe which will slowly wear through over time just as the original has. 

Each donation is for one can opener, these will be shipped via USPS priority mail. We only have a limited quantity of these can openers available, once we are sold out this fundraiser will end. To check on availability and to share your shipping address, please send an email to