Precious metal

A ladies' gold and mother of pearl pocket corkscrew made in France in the mid 19th century.

Iron Cage

Made somewhere in France, some time around 1750.

1862

Charles Chinnock's American patent, manufactured in England.

English Harp with Codd bottle opener

An unusual combination.

Cotterill's 1842 Patent

Edwin Cotterill of Birmingham, England invented all sorts of mechanical devices, including this "self-adjusting" corkscrew.  His name is well known to lock collectors.

Gun Tool

Made in Germany in the late 1700's.

Hampton Lever

An English corkscrew from about 1885.

Brass Cage

A very unusual Italian cage, made late in the 18th century.

Ivory Cage

A late 18th century cage from France.

Austrian Koeller corkscrews

Raoul Arsenius Koeller patented his replaceable worm corkscrew in 1882.

Harp with blade

Made by LE BOULLANGER of Paris, this very rare harp has a foil cutter blade.

Molson's Ale

Molson's is the oldest brewery in North America.  Twenty-three-year-old John Molson founded it in Montreal in 1786.

German Legs

Unusual in that the boots face in, this pocket corkscrew dates to about 1894.

Lucky Waiter!

Made in France, this is Perille's 1894 patent for a "waiter's" lever-assisted corkscrew.  It is marked "Levier."

French Multi-tool

Long before the Swiss army knife was thought of, someone in France made this comprehensive tool.  It dates to about 1750.

Champagne, anyone?

This elegant corkscrew was patented by Ferdinand Parfu in 1871.  The blade is for cutting string.

Lazy Tongs

This English corkscrew is marked "Peerless" and dates to 1885.

Perille

Perille's 1880 patent for a lever-assisted folding corkscrew.  Made in France.

Hull VII

This English corkscrew is a variant of Charles Hull's 1864 patent.

Le Français

A French corkscrew from the late 1800's.

White Patent

Some of the least prepossessing designs are prized by collectors.  American Joseph White patented this one in 1883.

Irish Coaxer

Marked "Reads Coaxer", this corkscrew was the first to use a button to assist in pulling the cork.   Made in Ireland in about 1790.

RÉGULATEUR

The original box is hard to come by.  (Only two of these are known to exist.)

Syroco Quartet

The corkscrew hides in the bodies of these figures made by the Syracuse Oranmental Company.

Ohring

A German patent from 1893, it's not so different from a today's Screwpull.

Poison!

Designed to be left in the cork of a medicine bottle or the container of something toxic.

wHw Austria

Karl Hagenauer designed these hinged-worm pocket corkscrews when Art Deco was the style of the day in Vienna.

Werkstätte Hagenauer Wien  (wHw)

A pack of 1920's hounds from the creative mind of Karl Hagenauer.

Tinder Box

Used with a flint to start a fire, this German tinder box dates to the late 1700's.

Wooden Cage

A French corkscrew from the late 1700's.

Thomason

An extremely rare ratchet handle version of Thomason’s 1802 corkscrew.