Perfume corkscrews were common in the 19th century, particularly in England. These small corkscrews often came as part of a toiletry set and were used to remove the small corks which sealed many perfume bottles during that time. There are many variations and they can often be found monogrammed or personalized in some way. Below are some new acquisitions. The one on the left is encrusted with some sort of jewel; something which isn't seen very often. The set on the right is engraved with a family crest of a crane and a griffin.
It's also common for larger toiletry sets to contain perfume corkscrews. This one below is fairly large and contains several items. The corkscrew is located in a secret compartment which is released by pressing a small button. It is a folding corkscrew with a faceted handle. These types of corkscrews are normally much larger, but this is a unique perfume example. The owner's name is engraved in some of the items; William Roe. After a little research, I was able to identify the original owner. According to Wikipedia: "William Roe was an Anglican Archdeacon in Ireland in the second half of the nineteenth century. Roe was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was Archdeacon of Kilmacduagh from 1859 until his death on February 16, 1882."
This seems to be the owner since this set was made in Dublin and is hallmarked for 1845.
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