The twisted wire….

Corkscrews have been made from almost anything you can think of!  And nearly every shape too.  One style that has always impressed me is the twisted wire corkscrew.  Yes, I know that all corkscrews are twisted wire, but I’m talking about the entire piece…handle, shaft, finger loops, extra helix, shafts, button…


American Patentee William Rockwell Clough is clearly the pioneer in wire corkscrew design.  He patented the first all wire medicine corkscrew in 1875.  His intention, ultimately successful, was to produce a suitable and affordable corkscrew to be included along with every potion, medicine, or any other small bottle that was sealed with a cork.  Brilliant!  One can only imagine how many millions of these single wire finger loop corkscrews are out there….!

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Beyond the cheapest finger loop, Clough went on to patent a few other styles of corkscrews that included a Medicine dial, flat band folding types, and even patented an advertising type, but we only have the patent drawing because an example has yet to be discovered…

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Early on, the production process for making these corkscrews involved a few different steps.  Cutting, twisting, shaping, twisting, cutting, filing..  That is until Clough started to design his own machines.  They could crank out a corkscrew nearly every second!  To really boost things, Clough started to sell his corkscrews AND the machines to make them in Europe.  I believe that most of the unique and more uncommon variations of twisted wire corkscrews came from Europe.  Here are a few uncommon examples:

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If you happen to have any of these above, I’d be quite interested in buying them!  Drop me a line at

To be continued….


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