A couple of years ago, I was doing an appraisal of a corkscrew collection (for those that don’t know, both the lovely and I are certified appraisers), and in amongst the various pieces–the bulk of which were American, was an unusual corkscrew that was clearly broken, and also clearly of Japanese origins.
As was my practice, I took photos, and included it in the appraisal.
I was intrigued by the sillcock-like handle, and when I got back to Maine, I grabbed Don’s book on Japanese corkscrews, and thumbed through.
Surprisingly, there are a couple of corkscrews in the patent illustrations that have similar handles…
I settled on the piece being an 1910 patent, as illustrated in Bull’s book.
Of course, knowing that this broken example existed, I have been on the look out for a complete example.
And, keep in mind, with the exception of the illustration that is present in Don’s book, a complete 1910 patent has yet to turn up in any book on corkscrews.
As of last week however, after a bit of searching, a complete example is headed to the island.
When it arrives, I will provide better pictures and try to decipher all of the writing upon it.
And, if you have an antique Japanese corkscrew, drop me a line!