Ancient mash-corkscrew xix komodo varan lizard saurian chimera crocodile dinosaur press vintage dapothicaire in golden cast iron france. From head to tail 29.5 cm.Definitely made of golden cast iron. Below is information taken on the net , which exactly explains the object.
The subject of medicine and pharmacy. An object related to the practice of pharmacy, the corkscrew was born around 1830 and was widely used throughout the 19th century, until the beginning of the 20th century.
This trade tool consists of a lever handle connected by a hinge to a metal matrix. It is itself composed of several transverse alveoli: 2 to 4 at most, small, medium and large, depending on the size of the neck.These fluted alveoli are corked shapes, they are slightly conical in shape. The corkscrew allowed the pharmacist to compress, compress, soften and soften the corks before inserting them (with more or less force) into the necks of the vials or bottles containing the drug. It would seem that the corks were scalded before ending up in the moon of the corkscrew.
For better use of the object, the corkscrew was often attached to a countertop, at the back of the official. It can therefore be fitted with feet (3 or 4), but if it is devoid of it, it has small holes on the base that allow it to be fixed by screwing it at the counter. It could also be pedded: that is, attached to a marble or cast iron base. The corkscrew, which its use requires to be heavy, can be cast iron, bronze or copper alloy: they weigh from 0.5kg for the lightest, to 4kg for the heaviest.
Some are enamelled or patinated but as a rule, the subject was rather left raw. It should be noted that some were painted later.The corkscrew is now collected for its shapes. It can be simply a functional object, devoid of decorations. There are also some in the form of a hand clip that looks like a nutcracker. The most sought after are undoubtedly those that take the form of an animal: salamander, dog, crocodile, chameleon. An animal can have different attitudes: open or closed mouth, raised or lowered, aggressive attitude or calm, collectors can give it to heart joy because the number of models is therefore larger!
Moreover, the most common form in terms of zoomorphy is that of the crocodile, which explains why the other name of the corkscrew is \"crocodile\". Others have more classical shapes, but their décor makes them art objects in their own right. They are then covered with leafy decorations, take the form of a deciduous, the handle then turning into a snake or for other models it is a lying dog. More exceptionally, there are decorations of pampres or related to wine, with a barrel or bacchus for example but also figures of warriors, small animals on the base, characters and gods, decorated with flowery terraces, decorated with rinsings, beaded decorations, shells, florets.
As for the length of a corkscrew, it is always in the same range: between 23 and 30 cm. These items may have been offered as advertising gifts, however many of them were purchased from shops specializing in pharmaceuticals. Here are some marks that are visible on objects. Leon quillet, rue de la verrerie paris. And finally, a little anecdote.Simply because before 1850, some corks were chewed between the teeth to make them fit in the necks! The item \"antique chew-corkscrew xix komodo lizard varan apothecary winemakers\" has been on sale since Wednesday, September 30, 2020. It is in the category \"art, antiques and objects of the 19th and before\". The seller is \"ramses2_2008\" and is located in/in laiz, Rhone-Alps.
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