magnificent models, surprising by the quality of their finish, were
mainly used to uncork perfume or medicine flasks. Their handles are
usually made of bone, ivory and mother-of-pearl. Some less luxurious
ones were simply made of steel or wood.
most beautiful specimens were parts of dressing-cases for ladies (XIX
and beginning of the XXth century).
and quite rare, the model realized by Clough to open the medicine flasks
had a dial in the handle that remembered to the patient the hour when
he had to take his medicine.
will discover a magnificent model long of only some centimeters which
possesses a mechanism similar to the ones with shaft and spring (see
double lever or bow corkscrews which are miniaturized replicas of corkscrews
made for bottles exist (see picture)
of them have a spike affixed to the handle. They allow breakage of the
models are real technical challenges because the smallness of the corkscrew
doesn’t have any effect on its efficiency.
pharmacies, the Clough’s corkscrews stayed in the corks and, when
the flask was empty, both the cork and the corkscrew were thrown away.
a very beautiful collection from which some models are very rare. They
also have the advantage not to need a lot of space. Just think about