large bell mystery

As mentioned Wednesday, I picked up a large bell corkscrew on eBay, and the corkscrew looked identical to one that Tommy had recently acquired.

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The large bell corkscrew arrived today, and it is pretty fantastic, with some interesting aspects to its construction.

The handle is 5 inches across and hollow–the shaft continues through it, and there are some welds on top, and at the bottom of the handle.

At the top of the bell, is a hex nut, and then the helix is welded on to the piece of metal that serves as the shaft. The helix has some pretty tight turns, but has a very nice sharp point.

The bell itself, is 2 inches in diameter, and just shy of 1 1/2 inches high–not counting the hex nut. In comparing it with the oversize Williamson I have, the diameter is the same but the Williamson is slightly taller.

I can completely understand why the seller deemed this as a shop project. That said, given that Tommy owns the identical piece, with the same aspects to its construction, clearly they were made by the same person/company. Could it be that someone bought the bells from Williamson to make their own corkscrew for bigger bottles?

To give a comparison here is the oversized Williamson, a regular Williamson, and the large silver bell corkscrew:

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Truly an interesting corkscrew:

The corkscrew has been painted silver. And, I am tempted to use a little paint remover to see what might be revealed? Would you remove the paint?

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