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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 described hereunder.

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 cork extraction.

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.

Some innovations allowed resolving this rotation movement, with namely the “London Lever” or the “Tangent Lever” (See rubric side-levers).
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.

This corkscrew has a chrome finish

If you own any information on this corkscrew, please do not hesitate to let me know through the forum.

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