On the left is a “Gun Worm”, used to clean musket barrels. It was common in the late 1600s through the mid 1800s. Many crude adaptations were fashioned from this to remove corks. Then in 1795, Reverend Samuel Henshall out of Oxford England received the world’s first patent for a corkscrew. (Pictured of the right). Although not a monk, still another man of God contributing to the wine world. – Also: A “Helixophile” is a person who collects corkscrews used to open wine bottles.

On the left is a “Gun Worm”, used to clean musket barrels. It was common in the late 1600s through the mid 1800s. Many crude adaptations were fashioned from this to remove corks. Then in 1795, Reverend Samuel Henshall out of Oxford England received the world’s first patent for a corkscrew. (Pictured of the right). Although not a monk, still another man of God contributing to the wine world. – Also: A “Helixophile” is a person who collects corkscrews used to open wine bottles.

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