Small details....

Please find below some interesting details of mechanical corkscrews. Often the barrels were engraved with a board or had some other ornamitions. This creates an artistic dimension to the noble art of extracting the cork. Furthermore, the patented mechanism has very interesting features. Also, some corkscrews have distict marks based on the production and assembly of the item. Wings of history..... come to life together with the wine !

Piece no 5 of a Hipkins. This marking on the end of the shank is presumably used to simplify the assembly of the cs. An early help to improve on the job training. Hipkins was known to improve manufacturing procedures.

The sharp hook of a Geeley cork puller. Sharp and bent to cut the cork into pieces. Utterly useless device !

The wingnut made by Mechi. Very nice !

The teeth of a Lund king screw corkscrew.

The retail label on a Hercules CS. John Buchanan of Glasgow. This is a early variant of a Hercules. Ca 1860.

The sidewinder of a Lund king screw.

Part of the barrel of a fruit and wine CS.

The end button and spikes of a self adjusting Cotterill. The clutch mechanism is so advanced that you can not pull it appart and assembly it again. Please, do not touch the inside ! 

The teeth of a Sims and Law cork retriever. A wrong idea.

The hooks of a Tormey cork puller.

The bottlegrips of a Lund patentee London rack. In one word-  Fascinating !!

Some engravings of a Jones Thomason. Robert Jones is a very highend producer!

The claws of a Robert Jones & son easer.

The clutch of a Coney clutch. A simple and well functional solution.

The bottlegrips of a sidewinder. Excellent quality. Lund at his best !

Details of a Weir made by Heeley& Sons. A nice look and feel in your hand.

Hands on instructions to use the corkscrew on a Procter extracter. The extracter, the bottle and a patent mark. Nice !

The locking mechanism of a Mauds. By pushing the handle downwards, the teeth will inject and fixate the cork. Pulling upwards will reliese the ring holding the teeth and the cork can be extracted.