Thomason Patent Corkscrew With Patent Badge C1820

Thomason Patent Corkscrew With Patent Badge C1820

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A Thomasom patent corkscrew
Date : c1820
Period : Regency
Origin :England
Construction : Bronze, bovine bone, bristle
Condition :Fully functional and worm still sharp. Badger bristle brush needs to replaced*
Restoration :None
Weight : 260g
The Thomason patent was the first major corkscrew patent of the 19th century lasting from 1802-1816. This is a good, clean example with the patent badge intact. The worm is of full length at 6cm and the mechanism works well. There is no damage to the bone handle and no significant marks to the barrel.
To open the bottle simply turn the screw anti anti-clockwise to draw it to the top and then screw clockwise to drive the screw into the cork. Once the screw is fully in the cork continue turning clockwise at which point the larger reverse direction thread will be engaged drawing the cork from the bottle.
Eric Knowles Comment: The engineering applied to the simple act of opening a wine bottle is testimony to ingenuity the importance of wine to English gentleman.
These were made with badger bristles as are shaving brushes. A gather of bristles were inserted into thimble shaped mould filled with hot resin or sealing wax. Once cooled this was inserted into the handle and secured with glue.

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19cms at minimum





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United Kingdom


19th Century


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