Last week, an “unusual old corkscrew” was listed on eBay with a description that read, “Looks to be an unusual corkscrew…..or something is missing?”
I looked closely at the images, and it looked vaguely familiar.
Have I seen this somewhere before?
And, over the course of the week that the auction ran, I would return to the listing. Okay, so there is a chip in the handle, and the it looks as if the retaining washer thingy at the top of the corkscrew might have been popped. And, what is this odd thing in the middle. It isn’t a bell mechanism, so how would it facilitate the withdrawal of a cork?
Still, the opinion bid was 19.99, so why not take a chance.
I placed a snipe bid, and grabbed O’Leary (not that I grabbed Fred, but his book).
Heading to the patent drawings, I turned to page 207. Not immediately mind you, I thumbed through until I came across the M. Beust patent of 1892.
And, what is the M. Beust patent of 1892 for?
A combined Cork and Corkscrew…
Now, the patent drawing only resembles the piece, but could this be a Beust patent?
It arrived yesterday, and I am quite pleased with it. That said, in looking at it closely, there are no markings.
Further, the patent description mentions a detachable screw, and this one isn’t coming apart anytime soon. I sent pictures to BT, who said he found a corkscrew of similar construction to the one I just picked up.
Okay, there are at least two…
But is this the Beust?
To complicate this, while the little retaining washer thingy is raised, the worm is tight, and there is no play in the piece where someone could have removed the washer retaining thingy, and added the stopper piece, only to put it back together.
What do you all think? A Beust? Is it missing something? Do you have one?