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Rare mid-C18th Silver Pocket Corkscrew with seal

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Current price : $920.00  ( Reserve met )
Starting bid: $250.00
# of bids: 11
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Location: USA
Started: 4/9/2010 12:01:00 AM EDT
Ended: 5/2/2010 3:22:18 PM EDT
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A very rare mid 18th Century silver pocket corkscrew with blank seal. Sheath has been professionally replaced and originally would have been stamped with a makers mark. Otherwise, this corkscrew is in excellent condition with a finely tapering helix with a tightly fitting hinge. Typically this style of corkscrew dates from 1740 to 1750 and very few come up for auction. A great opportunity to own a rare 18th century, superb looking corkscrew. Reserve is very reasonable and well below the prices achieved in the two auctions below reflecting the replaced sheath. Size: Closed 2.5 inches (6 cms). Open 3.25 inches (8 cms.)

Purchased by me from Christies on September 22, 1998 (Herbert Miles Collection) Lot No. 309. Described as "A silver folding bow corkscrew with seal base, lacks sheath, apparently unmarked, wire helix".

Similar examples have appeared in Christies sale, November 26, 1996 Lot 16; November 2, 2004 sale Lot 49 (ascribed to Thomas Robins but probably Thomas Rush). See also Watney and Babbidge Plate "Corkscrews for Collectors" Plate IX Pages 30-31 for similar, more elaborate, corkscrews by Thomas Rush 1743.


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