On sale here is the 19th Century Helical part of a two part corkscrew set, and a variation of Lund's Patent c1855, and Edwin Wolverson’s Patent c1873**. The other part of the two piece set would have been a tool which would look like two long handles riveted together near one end to create a fulcrum point. Its long arms would work against each other, like the reverse action of a pair of scissors. At the fulcrum end of this tool, one of the long arms would be forged with an upwardly curving end, terminating in a slightly rounded tip which would fit into the elliptical hole made in the helical part shown, and would become a fulcrum aided force to help pull the cork out. The lower of the long arms terminates after the riveted join into a circular cupped hole, which sits on top of the cork in the bottle. Thus providing a stabilising action, whilst the cork is drawn out of the bottle.
The ‘’Eyebrow’’ handle and helical section is cast iron with a forged steel tapered wire which the blacksmith would, when red hot, wrap around a separate thicker rod to form the Helix. This Helix is 3,½ pitch turns long. The tip is original and not reformed.
The whole item is strong and firm and suitable for more use if required. It has traces of black paint all over it and displays a very good aged patina which is very pleasing to look at. Under the magnification of a strong jewellers 10X loop, there are plenty of signs of lots of use, and traces of superficial oxidation all over. Just great for the connoisseur. Also to be seen, which I find very interesting are identifiable traces of green oxidation and so it appears that copper deposits were to be found in the virginity of the Iron Ore Deposits found naturally occurring in the ground and then when dug and purified the copper was not separated from the iron ore and therefore is still present in the Iron casting. Finally, another observation with the 10X loop one can detect lots of wear on the top edge of the elliptical hole and both sides of it but one side more than the other as the wear is greater on the side that was engaged the most.
Another observation is that the head of the Helix shaft must have been pushed up into a hole in the base of the Eyebrow handle, then sealed by braising the shaft underneath. I have taken pictures of the inside of the elliptical hole to show the central hole I have spoken about and the termination of the Helix shaft.
For Reference :-
**See a book called ‘’The Corkscrew’’ by Paolo de Sancctis Maurizio Fantoni Pub.1990. ISBN 88-280-0098-8 P92 & 93. Here one can view two examples of the two part corkscrew set. One, a Lund's Patent c1855 I referred to and the other is Edwin Wolverson’s Patent c1873 named ‘’The Tangent Lever’.
Size. long overall 103mm, and the 'eyebrow' handle is 53mm wide.
Condition. Really very good for its and the use its had. Excellent build up of aged Patina, and a very good colour.
Postage / Shipping. Will be Royal Mail –International Tracked and signed for, $12.
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