Double lever corkscrews were first
patented in the late 19th century.

The simple idea of raising the arms,
turning the worm into the cork & then
lowering the arms for extraction has
stood the test of time extremely well.

A vast number of corkscrews are still in
production  using this reliable theme.
William Baker's double lever corkscrew,
patent no 2950, July 17th, 1880.
Manufactured by James Heeley & Sons.
Neville Heeley's English patent no
6006, April 23, 1888 for a double
lever corkscrew.
Here's a nickel version of the same
patent, both corkscrews were
manufactured by James Heeley &
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Antique & Vintage Corkscrew Guide
~ Double Lever Corkscrews ~
A French double lever corkscrew,
marked Pratic Boy - Scout, Modele
Depose. Similar to an Italian version  
patented by Placido Vogliotti in 1910.
A well made nickel plated double
lever corkscrew.
Etore Cardini's Italian patent from 1945,
marked ETERNO


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"THE EMPIRE". English patent no, 13,320, dated
August 25th, 1890 to Neville Heeley & manufactured by
James Heeley & sons. Designed to supersede the
Heeley A1double lever corkscrew? If so, It appears that
didn't happen as "The Empire" is very tough to find.
A French double lever
corkscrew patented in

This is the later of two
versions, the earlier
being of the same
design but having a
locking clip at the top of
the arms.

The original patent was
to Henri Paraf in 1927,
his wife Mme Veuve
patented the 1929
Amendment to W. Baker's
Neville Heeley realising that
William Baker's 1880 patent
corkscrew did not work
smoothly improved the design
by joining the two arms
together with a guide.

A simple addition to the
original patent had produced a
significant result as over the
forthcoming years, the Heeley
double lever corkscrew was
sold in vast numbers, so much
so, it is probably one of the
easiest antique mechanical
corkscrew to find.

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