Corkscrew

English (Birmingham)
18th century
Unmarked


Dimensions

11.5 X 5 cm (4 1/2 X 1 5/16 in.) Weight: 56.7 gm (1 oz 16 dwt)

Accession Number

1979.503

Medium or Technique

Silver, steel, ivory

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The cockscrew is formed of a piece of sheet, seamed to form a cylinder and pierced with a gallery supported by four columns, with engraved fluting, capitals, and bases. Attached to the ivory handle at the tops is steel helix, or “worm”, in the center of the openwork sleeve. The tip of the helix is covered with a removable tapering sheath with a flat tip. It is assembled from three pieces of sheet.

Provenance

Anonymous Gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 17, 1979)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift