Info letter nr14
31st may 2005



The « Collection privée Tire-bouchons » monthly newsletter gives information related to the website:  main updates, new links towards excellent corkscrew dedicated websites and on new items added to the collection.  You’ll find a complete index of the newsletters published since Nr 1 by clicking on the following link" Info letter ".

Reader’s corner…

 A mistake occurred concerning this LEVEAUX LEMAITRE corkscrew, that was part of the best auctions of last month, the auction reached 2750 € (18 039 FF), thanks to Olivier who noticed it. The newsletter 13 has been modified accordingly


Read the last newsletter

13 – April 2005

A new page…

Corkscrews are of course in close relationship with wine, could I even say that without wine there is no corkscrew, indeed yes; I have then added a page dedicated to wine lovers (see the page “liens” on the website)


Reader’s corner

A selection of the best auctions of the month

New links

The collection is growing up

The unusual object of the month


Corkscrew to identify…

Patrick found a superb corkscrew that he cannot identify. Who will be able to help him to discover the name and the maker of this object?

About the website…

12 621 visits on the website as of May 2005, Thanks for your fidelity!

You are now a lot to know the address of the website because half of the visitors are using a direct access.  Thank you to all of the individuals who have referenced my website on their, as a matter of fact, 12% of the visits are realised through these indirect means, not bad at all!


The information newsletter will now be available a few days after the distribution of the French version.


A selection of the best auctions of the month found on Ebay

Very nice auctions took place this month with namely a side lever corkscrew made by LANGUEDOCQ.



Famous figural corkscrew in shape of a parrot, with it’s original box, this is sufficiently rare to be mentioned (see description on the website n° 145).

The auction reached 48,37 € (317 FF)


Very nice four posters King Screw type corkscrew made of steel. The main and side handles are made of bone, they are shaped like a barrel and the upper one is fitted with a brush. On top of the main handle we can see a ring. The thin steel screw is in shape of a pig tail.

The auction reached 989,35 € (6 490 FF)

Very stylised figural corkscrew in shape of cat.

The auction reached 504,99 € (3 312 FF)



This side lever corkscrew was sold as being a Leveaux Lemaître, it really appears that it is a  Languedocq because it is not marked on the side and that the very much looking alike corkscrew patented by Dordet is marked « Rue des Fossés n° 9 Montmartre Dordet breveté Paris ».

The auction reached

4 014 € (26 330 FF)

Magnificent silver travel corkscrew. It is marked PS on the very bottom of the sheath (for Samuel Pemberton). This corkscrew has been realised in Birmingham between 1790 and 1810. A pearl rosary decorates the top of the screw between thread of screw and the sheath. Spiral effects on the handle, the shaft and the sheath are completing the ornament.

The auction reached 725,56 € (4 759 FF)


Very nice four posters King Screw type corkscrew made of steel. The superb bone or ivory handle is fitted with a brush.  The screw is in shape of a pig tail and the side handle is made of steel.

The auction reached

2 765 € (18 137 FF)

AERO corkscrew marked AB for André Bongrain (wholesaler). The handle with five holes is very much characteristic.

The auction reached

 363 € (2 381 FF)


The Royal Club is one of the most searched after corkscrew. In 1864, Charles Hull patented two models,   one with roller and one without roller. «C. Hull, Patentee Birmingham Royal Club Corkscrew» can be read on the plate. 

The auction reached

3 080 €  (20 203 FF)


New links…

Every month I’m trying to discover new websites related to corkscrews:  Auction, sale, collectors’ websites, or even single html pages..

  1. Chilton software engineering, When corkscrew or corkscrews are used as spelling rules...
  2., An advertisement website for collectors.  It is freely open to all without any conditions.  In order to use some of the functions, you might need to register (free).  Only insertion of advertisements is to be paid, and no commission is added to transactions...
  3. Domaine Alain Geoffroy, Unique vineyard and corkscrew museum in the Burgundy region. It opened in August 2004.  The Geoffroy family is actually showing up a tremendous collection of wine related tools and corkscrews...

Of course you can retrieve all these addresses in the rubric LIENS of the website “Collection privée Tire-bouchons”. Have a nice surf !

The collection is growing up …

With this 14th info newsletter, Collection Privée tire-bouchons is proud to present its 200 th corkscrew: Simple German G.W.S. corkscrew n° 200. In the meantime, three other new items were added to the collection. Mais il y a eu également l'acquisition de trois autres nouvelles pièces qui sont venues rejoindre la collection. Come and see them…

Simple corkscrews

Mechanical corkscrews

n° 198 – Silvered handle corkscrew

n° 199 – Simple corkscrew

n° 200 – Simple corkscrew G.W.S

No new items

Lever corkscrews

Figural corkscrews

Nothing new on the lever side

No new items

Multifunction corkscrews

Pocket corkscrews

No new items

n° 197Goldenberg blade corkscrew


Still no information on these 2 corkscrews, who has an idea on their identity?


I recently bought a T shaped corkscrew with a small disc or button having two appendix pointing down. It makes me think to the system used on the ’EXELSIOR LEVER made by William Gamble (Ferd Peters – Mechanical – Pg 59, Fig. 122), but I can’t find it in any of my books.  Do somebody have some info about this model? (P. C)

Give your opinion !


Concerning this second corkscrew, it looks like the « Ménagère » made by Perille, except that the handle and the fly-nut have sharp sides.

Give your opinion !


The unusual object of the month…

Every month I will try to dig up an unusual object … always in relationship with corkscrews. This month, it is a gold beater’s skin from the Williamson company. It is an engraving matrix made of very hard metal and engraved in relief or in hollow in order to print titles on books with coloured ink or gold leaves, They are hot-heated applied following variable pressure depending on the way they are applied (manually or with a printing press.  We can read: « Saves Times and Temper Williamson’s Corkscrew & Bottle opener ».


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Jean-Pierre LAMY