|One of the most important English manufacturers of
corkscrews was Robert Jones of Cheapside,
Birmingham. First mentioned in a Birmingham directory
as a corkscrew maker in 1829 & subsequently
mentioned until 1905, the last record of the business.
Robert Jones business was recorded as Robert Jones
& Sons in a 1840 Birmingham directory, so corkscrews
marked "Robert Jones" can be reliably dated prior to
Robert Jones registered two corkscrew designs. The
first in 1840, registered design number 423, followed
by their second design on 7th October in 1842,
number 1913. Both very desirable to corkscrew
collectors, the later being particularly so.
One of the first things you'll notice about Robert Jones
corkscrew is the quality. There is no doubt that Robert
Jones considered quality of design a priority. Yes,
simple designs can be found but some beautifully
created designs can be too.
Robert Jones manufactured:
- Folding bow corkscrews
- A variety of metal Cellerman & finger pull
- Simple T direct pulls
- Direct pulls with cork gripping teeth
- Henshall type corkscrews
- Wolverson's Signit corkscrew design
- Direct pull corkscrews with the addition of a foil
- Thomason corkscrews, including a super design
with fancy engraving on the barrel.
- Jones I (registered design from 1840)
- Jones II (registered design from 1842)