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One of the few corkscrews to be known as collectible
outside of corkscrew collecting circles are the ladies legs
corkscrews. These colourful, quirky pocket corkscrews
were primarily made from Celluloid, a durable synthetic
They originate from Germany. Registered as a design in
January 1894, registration number 21718, by Steinfield &
Reimer, although it is recorded that they were
manufactured in Germany before the registered date &
as early as the 1880's. Ladies legs corkscrews were
manufactured up until to the 1920's.
Interestingly, in January 1893 Ladies legs corkscrews
were also registered in the UK by F. W. Ostermann of
East London, no 206442. A ladies legs corkscrew has so
far not been found with a British registration number
Trade ads for ladies legs corkscrews, advertised "Ballet
corkscrews" or "Can-can corkscrews", probably in the
later example for the bright, vibrant colours of the stripy
There are a vast number of variations of colours, type &
makers marks, more later. For now, the basic variations
which are most often found.