Extremely Rare and Important Four Post King Screw of Paktong, steel and bone.
C.1800-25 Eng. An ingenious
Rack & pinion side handled
model with helical wire worm.
[ Paktong is an 18th c. Chinese import
of Copper, Zinc and nickel that resembles
Silver but is slow to tarnish and was used
In the 18th c. for domestic items.]
Antique items of Paktong alloy are
extremely rare today and a knowledgeable
collector will buy Paktong in place of silver.
Ref; Peters pp.221-223, provenance:
Blair LLC sale to private collector
This is a serious collectors corkscrew that is unusual in that it is made of a Chinese formula for Pakthong, made of copper, nickel and zinc. Also known as German silver, nickel silver or Pakthong. Not steel or iron! The English used it to make utensils for common people who could not afford real silver as it mimics the look of silver but won't tarnish! Even candle sticks and candelabra were made of this fine material. Any questions and I will provide photos and a history as I know it. I would love to see this go to a new , fine home $1,450.00 Reduced to $950.00
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