ICCA Best 6 Corkscrews of 2008

Best 6 of 2008:

  1. Thomas Read's Improved Coaxer
  2. William Rushworth's Patent
  3. English Two Pillar with Ratchet Mechanism
  4. Bronze Two Pillar Thomason
  5. Henry James Perry's Patent
  6. Hyde Bateman's Patent

 

1. Thomas Read's Improved Coaxer 

A very rare English corkscrew made by the Irish cutler Thomas Read, thought to be the only example found so far.

 

 

2. William Rushworth's Patent 

Another very rare English corkscrew. Patented in 1884 by William Rushworth of York.

 

3. English Two Pillar with Ratchet Mechanism

A rare English two pillar corkscrew, possibly late 18th century . The thread to the main shaft is similar to some seen on 18th century pieces. This corkscrew has a strange Pawl & Ratchet mechanism on the cursor above the worm.

 

4. Bronze Two Pillar Thomason

A rare two pillar example of Edward Thomason’s patent from 1802. This was probably the first variant of a Thomason made. If you look at the patent specification drawing shown in many books, it is made exactly to that drawing. The only other example I have seen is pictured on screwbase.

 

5. Henry James Perry's Patent

Henry James Perry’s English patent of 1884. Another rare English corkscrew, with a mechanism similar to John Coney’s English patent in action.

 

6. Hyde Bateman's Patent

Hyde Bateman’s English patent of 1875, Marked ‘Spong patentee’. Another rare English corkscrew, with an interesting spring loaded pin, inset in the shaft, that locks the handle in position, when the worm is penetrating the cork.

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