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Ellis Collection - Viarengo Patent Waiter’s Friend - Rare

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Current price : (GBP) £270.00
(USD) $335.45
Starting bid: (GBP) £270.00
(USD) $335.45
# of bids: 1
Closes: Auction is closed
Location: Luton, Beds
Started: 10/31/2014 EDT
Ended: 11/9/2014 2:22:00 PM EDT
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Viarengo Patent Waiter’s Friend - Rare


Rare example of a Viarengo Patent Waiter’s Friend corkscrew which is different from the more common Watts Registered versions.   The fulcrum arm is solid, not folded like the Watts.  It has the pointed wire cutter end.  The yoke is folded round the fulcrum arm and fixed with a single rivet.  It is a simpler design compared to either the 1907 or 1911 Watts designs, and there is no cap lifter.

The nickel plated scales have a flat edge between the fulcrum and worm, whereas the Watts ones are curved.   The scales are marked “C Viarengo Patent Corkscrew” and “O.I.C Cork Drawer, Made in England”. 

The speed worm has the 2 classic Viarengo claws at the top.  This is the 1898 British Patent of Carlos Viarengo and Luigi Armanni, London.  The claws are at 90o to the fulcrum as in the 1907 Watts Registered Design example.

See Ellis & Ellis – Corkscrews – British Registered Designs page 105, 109-11, Wallis – British Corkscrew Patents – page 131.













Condition – Very good, marks and scratches on handle, some loss of plating at end of handle, lever arm and worm, worm is intact.












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