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On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 123

Corkscrew

1842 (design registered)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Object Type
During the 19th century a large number of different mechanisms for opening bottles were patented. The design for this particular corkscrew was registered by Robert Jones & Son, Cheapside, Birmingham, on 7 October 1842.

Manufacturer
Many of the more sophisticated corkscrews were made by Birmingham manufacturers. Dixs' Directory of Birmingham, dating from 1858, lists 16 corkscrew manufacturers (including Robert Jones & Son), all of which were substantial firms. This corkscrew is stamped with the design registry mark for October 7th 1842 VR and ROBERT JONES BIRMINGHAM REGISTERED. It is an example of the rare second patent.

Materials & Use
The turned wooden handle would originally have been fitted with a brush, used to clean off the dirt and dust from an ancient bottle of wine. Characteristic of Jones' patent corkscrews are the two steel spikes protruding through the washer inside the brass case. These hold the cork steady as it is withdrawn from the bottle. As with all the Robert Jones' patents, the brass case decorated with mouldings and the plain steel 'worm' are very well finished and precisely cut.


Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Steel and brass, with wooden handle
Brief description
Steel and brass with wooden handle, Birmingham, designed 1842, made by Robert Jones & Sons.
Dimensions
  • Height: 15cm
  • Width: 11cm
  • Depth: 4cm
measurements need to be confirmed
Marks and inscriptions
Stamped with ROBERT JONES & SON BIRMINGHAM REGISTERED
Gallery label
British Galleries: This was the second design registered by Robert Jones, a leading manufacturer of fine quality corkscrews. Protection from copying was important because of the invention of different bottle-opening mechanisms and the rapid growth of competition.(27/03/2003)
Credit line
G. Giachin Bequest
Object history
Made by Robert Jones & Son, Birmingham
Summary
Object Type
During the 19th century a large number of different mechanisms for opening bottles were patented. The design for this particular corkscrew was registered by Robert Jones & Son, Cheapside, Birmingham, on 7 October 1842.

Manufacturer
Many of the more sophisticated corkscrews were made by Birmingham manufacturers. Dixs' Directory of Birmingham, dating from 1858, lists 16 corkscrew manufacturers (including Robert Jones & Son), all of which were substantial firms. This corkscrew is stamped with the design registry mark for October 7th 1842 VR and ROBERT JONES BIRMINGHAM REGISTERED. It is an example of the rare second patent.

Materials & Use
The turned wooden handle would originally have been fitted with a brush, used to clean off the dirt and dust from an ancient bottle of wine. Characteristic of Jones' patent corkscrews are the two steel spikes protruding through the washer inside the brass case. These hold the cork steady as it is withdrawn from the bottle. As with all the Robert Jones' patents, the brass case decorated with mouldings and the plain steel 'worm' are very well finished and precisely cut.
Bibliographic reference
Bernard M. Watney and Homer D. Babbidge, Corkscrews for Collectors, Sotheby Park Bernet, London and New York, 1981, ISBN: 0 85667 113 4
Collection
Accession number
M.97-1993

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Record createdMarch 27, 2003
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