9848 A Thomason-type Double Action Corkscrew
This is a good example of a corkscrew of the type first designed by Edward Thomason in 1802. It remained popular, even when the patent had run out and was being made by others, for nearly 100 years, so they are difficult to date accurately. This one probably dates from c.1840 - 50.
It is in fine condition with a full and un-bent helix, the suspension ring is intact and the bronze barrel has a good (if anonymous) plaque in bright condition.
More important to some, is the fact that even after 160 years or so, this is still a fully functioning corkscrew. As if that were not enough, it also used to belong to Hugh Johnson the eminent wine writer and connoisseur.
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