Colonial American Iron - Bone Corkscrew - 18th Century
Absolutely terrific colonial American corkscrew. Business end is very magnetic hand forged iron. In general design it is crude but it has some very attractive ridges and rings and a nice central bulge which is very nicely beveled. Certainly made by a blacksmith with some skill. The handle is hollowed bone with some groove work on the sides and to a lesser degree in the center. A minor degree of chipping on the edges but nothing disfiguring or even unexpected in a piece with this age. One side has what looks like it may be some small spots of leather residue (See images). Just a lovely, colonial piece. The work to me absolutely looks to be mid to late 18th century, or right around the American Revolution. I am also more then confident with calling it American as British (Or any other European culture) would certainly use ivory or something more high end then bone. Just a lovely piece that speaks volumes.