The first patent
for a side lever corkscrew is Belgian.
It is Leveaux-Lemaitre
from Namur who took out a patent in 1852
In 1854, Edmund
Burke from London received a patent for a corkscrew similar to the one
On this specimen,
the corkscrew is loosely attached to the upper lever.
Both levers are
joined together with a single screw and the lower lever has a ring that
can be applied on top of the bottleneck to ensure stability during the
On the first models,
the two levers were fixed together with an axis; this was showing an
important disadvantage especially during the removal of the cork: To
remove the cork, both levers had to be actionned to initiate the necessary
circular movement, breaking the cork at the same time.
innovations allowed resolving this rotation movement, with namely the
“London Lever” or the “Tangent Lever” (See rubric
On this model, the end of the upper lever is a serpent head that is
quite sober, artistically speaking.
There should have
been a brush placed below the lower lever (missing on this model) that
was used to remove the small pieces of wax remaining on the bottleneck.
has a chrome finish
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