These simple wire based corkscrews were patented from the late 19th century in New Hampshire, USA by William Rockwell Clough. Clough was issued a total of twenty three patents & produced vast amounts of corkscrews well into the 20th century.
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The English also took Clough's idea & produced a direct pull using wire below a wooden handle.
The diversity of Clough
Top row - includes, 3rd & 4th - English designs 2nd row - Clough's first patent, C1876. A simple one piece wire corkscrew Bottom row - More interesting designs, showing the diversity of Clough's corkscrew.
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