This is an 1891 American corkscrew, patented by Edwin Walker, with an unusual Anheuser Busch advertising plate. The penny is there to give an idea of the size.
American Michael Redlinger filed a patent for this corkscrew on December 23, 1893.
This is Michael Redlinger's 1895 patent.
Barraud & Lerenard
Marked "BL", this is a French corkscrew from around 1925.
This American corkscrew was advertised at eighty cents.
This is an American Art Deco style corkscrew.
Not a starship, but a corkscrew dating from about 1886.
Made in Chicago, patented in 1888.
A petite bar corkscrew from about 1897, patented by American Harry Williams.
Made in U.S.A., but advertised in Germany as a Echt amerikanischer Invincible-Entkorker
and priced at 15 marks.
An unusual brass fish design.
Made by Elektrogeräte Erich Weinert, Berlin; the production of this model started in the 1960's.
The first automatic bar corkscrew to be patented, it was invented in Sweden by P. F. Lindstrom in 1870.
An American patent from 1896.
An 1894 advertisement claims this is "One of the best Cork Pulls for Hotels, Cafes and Club use."
An Italian version of the U.S. Champion.
Phoenix No. 40
Arcade Manufacturing Co. of Freeport, Illinois made a multitude of cast iron objects, including this one.
Phoenix No. 60
"The arrangement of both levers of the No. 60 is most convenient, and as a result a rapid and powerful action is obtained." So claims an advertisement for this 1903 American corkscrew.
A clean-lined American corkscrew patented by Harry J. Williams on April 21, 1891.
One of many designs patented by Raymond Gilchrist around the turn of the last century.
A brass English monster, patented by F. Marwood on March 26, 1885.
Made in Erie, Pennsylvania before 1900, this compact bar corkscrew accommodated an advertising plate that patrons would notice as they stood at the counter.
Patented by Albert Baumgarten in 1900, this one was made in his Freeport, Illinois foundry.
A pre-production sample of a British bar corkscrew manufactured by Samuel Mason in about 1894.
An American design by Edwin Walker, from about 1902.
An English patent, by Samuel Mason in 1890. Advertised as "The quickest Machine ever invented, and the easiest."
An American patent from March 25, 1913, by Edwin Walker. This is the only one known to exist.
The ad said, "The entire machine is built to be an ornament as well as a useful article." Edwin Walker's patent dates to 1894.
This elegant corkscrew dates to 1888, another design by the prolific Edwin Walker.