CORKSCREW. A brass corkscrew by Edward Thomason of Birmingham, bearing an armorial plaque with the Royal coat-of-arms and the Thomason motto “NE PLUS ULT[RA] PATENT”, the turned bone handle with a brush, 185mm. in length, [first half of the 19th-century]. "An elegant 19th-century corkscrew. Arloff's dictum on this was alway straightforward. 'Whenever you take a bottle to a cricket match, take two corkscrews, if you take one and it breaks you're buggered'" (H.B.).