SEE PLATE 9 " /> AN UNUSUAL ENGLISH THOMASON 1802 PATENT DOUBLE-ACTION CORKSCREW, WITH RATCHET DEVICE ON THE WOOD HANDLE (CHIPPED, HAIRLINE CRACK), THE RINGED BRONZE BARREL WITH ROYAL COAT OF ARMS BADGE, MARKED "THOMASONS PATENT NE PLUS ULTRA", WIRE HELIX SLIGHTLY BLUNT. FOOTNOTE: THE RATCHET MECHANISM IS LOCATED IN THE BRASS SCREW CAP ON THE TOP OF THE FIXED HANDLE. WHEN THE CORK HAS BEEN EXTRACTED THE HANDLE IS THEN TURNED ANTI-CLOCKWISE CAUSING A LOCKING DEVICE AT THE BASE OF THE HELIX TO DISENGAGE AND THE CORK IS EJECTED WITH A SERIES OF HALF-TURNS OF THE HANDLE. <I>SEE PLATE 9</I> | Christie's