This wonderful little Richard Rohac cat shaped corkscrew, circa 1950, I found in the downstairs bar of a Brookline, MA mansion at the estate sale of a former Hollywood actress, who had some truly fabulous things, including this!
Richard Rohac (1906–1956) was an Austrian designer and master metal craftsman based in in Vienna, who made everything from desk and smoking accessories to corkscrews to bookends to pretzel holders to candlesticks. His "backward R/forward R" maker’s mark dates from the 50s and appears on objects sold internationally through the export company Gebr. Gödde (Gödde Brothers). A contemporary of Hagenauer, Auböck , Baller and Bosse, Rohac's work has become hugely collectible and highly valued.
This corkscrew measures 3" tall x 3 1/8" long x 1/2" wide (just the cat measures 1" long x 1 1/4" tall c 1/2" wide.) The brass cat and corkscrew both show some age and wear, as well documented in photos; I have not attempted to polish it as the brass has a nice warm patina.