The Virtual Corkscrew Museum's Daily Newspaper
Sunday, October 19, 2003
Barmen, Germany - On this date in 1886 the Hollweg Brothers patented a pocket knife with a corkscrew in Germany (Number 39,829). In the design there are no finger notches on the blades. They are moved into position by lifting rings on the outside of the knife and turning them. When a blade is fully extended, it can be locked in place by lowering the ring.
Carl Hollweg patented the knife in England on November 10, 1886 (Number 14,560) under the title "Improvements relating to folding knives, cork-screws, and other folding articles." Although the patent does not show a corkscrew, the example in our photograph has one. When not in use, it is held in place by a pivoting locking bar behind it on the backside. By sliding the bar to the side, the worm can be lifted and locking in place by sliding the bar back.
Wirtz, Virginia - We are pleased to announce that in late October we will be auctioning online a collector's collection of approximately 700 corkscrews. If you would like to be notified when the auction begins, please send your name and email address via email.
When the auction is ready, an announcement will appear in The Daily Screw.
©2003 Don Bull, Editor