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9950 A Simple T Corkscrew by Robert Jones & Son

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This is a simple antique T corkscrew.   Although it is bereft of any embellishments, it is neveretheless a good working instrument.  There is no brush to clean the top of the bottle, there isn't even a suspension ring - just a helix, shank and handle.  But that is not the half of it!

The helix is a full-length cyphered worm, and the handle is cocus wood.  More importantly, the shank is stamped R JONES & SON, who were eminent Birmingham makers of corkscrews, and made some exceptional pieces.  There is a very similar corkscrew in my 'Great British Wine Accessories 1550 - 1900' illustrated on pl. 3/37.

Date: c.1860

Dimensions: 5", 12.8 cm. long

Price: UK customers £65, US customers $90, Euro customers €75, Australian customers $115

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