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9947 A Rare Early Roundlet Silver-gilt Corkscrew


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Roundlet corkscrews are a fine invention which enable a corkscrew to be taken apart and the sharp, business end folded and concealed within the handle.  This makes them eminently portable in the pocket.  The invention was patented by William Lund and William Hipkins on 2nd April 1855

Most roundlets were made in 'german silver' a white metal alloy, but some were made in silver, and even gold.  This example is silver-gilt with a disc attached with a monogram beneath a baron's coronet which is apparently gold.  It was made in 1865 by William Thomas Wright and William Davies who traded as Wright and Davies, and whose business was founded in 1864 and continues as a wholly owned subsidiary of Cartier.

Roundlet corkscrews were made in two sizes, as the patent says, for pint and quart bottles.  Over 90% are the smaller size, and although the invention is mid-19th century, most were made  in the 1890s to 1920s.  This is therefore an early example.

This one is in good condition with a full, unrusted reeded helix and with most of the gilding still intact, with just minor degradation..

Date: 1865

Dimensions: 3.2", 8.2 cm. long

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