The Virtual Corkscrew Museum's Daily Newspaper
Thursday, May 22, 2003
Steinbach-Hallenberg, Germany, May 22, 1926 - Christian Usbeck has applied for a patent for his bow with a mechanism for folding tools into itself for storage. Monopolwerk is producing the design with a folding worm for extracting corks. One of their corkscrews features a web helix and another has a double wire helix.
The folding bow is an old art used frequently in the past century. They have been found with several tools in the bow including worms, awls, hoof-picks, screwdrivers, foil cutters, wire breakers, and more.
London, England - Yesterday Christie's held its semi-annual corkscrew auction in South Kensington. The auction featured the collection of Keith Elliott together with various other properties in 365 lots. 214 lots were sold fetching a total of £149,624 ($243,887). The highest price paid was £17,625 for an example of Shrapnel's 1839 British Patent. Other prices included prices in Pounds Sterling:
English Lund's Bottle Grip
Whelan 1885 Patent
Twiggs 1867 Patent with lifting jack
Silver Nutmeg Grater Corkscrew
Pink and White Stripe Legs
French Silver Deleuze Champagne Tap
Austrian 1882 Koeller Patent
Thomason Gothic Windows
French Le Desire
Baker 1880 English Double Lever
Curley 1884 American Patent
Perkins 1884 Codd Opener
The next Christie's corkscrew auction will be held November 4, 2003.
©2003 Don Bull, Editor