c1825 Turned Bone Henshall Corkscrew with Brush


An early to mid-19th century turned bone handled corkscrew with the Samuel Henshall button and badger hair dusting brush.

The bone handle is well turned and has a nice mellow colour. There is a partial hairline crack, but it stable, making it a nice direct pull corkscrew. The cast shank and button is made of brass, but the corkscrew is made of tempered steel. The Henshall button was the invention of The Reverend Samuel Henshall, of Oxford, in 1795. The idea is that once the worm is fully into the cork, with one final turn, the cork is compressed and turned breaking the bond between bottle and cork, making it easier to extract the cork. Condition is very good.

Size: 2.8 x 13 x 14.5 cm (1 1/8 x 5 1/8 x 5 ¾ inches)
Weight: 90 g