I was fortunate enough to win several lots at a live auction and ended up purchasing several more lots after the sale which ended up being one of my largest purchases of the year. As you can see, it was quite a nice haul with several of the rarer pieces in the middle. The rarest, which can be quickly spotted by the seasoned collector, being a rack and pinion corkscrew with bottle grips and a rosewood handle. It is Thomas Lund’s British Patent No. 7,761 of August 3, 1838. Marked LUND’S PATENT LONDON RACK on shaft below handle. Marked on the sides of the frame LUND MAKER CORNHILL & FLEET ST. LONDON. The grips are marked LUND PATENTEE & MAKER LONDON. Other notable pieces include an unusual Thomason type with a crown badge & bladed helix, 2 reproduction carved bone corkscrews with are nonetheless fairly collectible, a rare U-Neek cork remover & a carved ivory handled corkscrew with Sterling silver inserts.
Also included in the shipment were several champagne taps and champagne pliers and wire cutters.
Found this beautiful fossilized tusk corkscrew on Ebay recently. The tusk itself is very dense and heavy. These types of corkscrews are usually accompanied with a Sterling silver end cap, however the maker opted to showcase the natural beauty of the petrified core of the tusk as well as the natural grain.
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