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Antique Corkscrews and Champagne Taps

Corkscrews have been the subject of avid interest for some 30 - 50 years with many clubs devoted solely to their collection.  Many hundreds of designs have been patented or registered in Britain and around the world, and some are very rare indeed.  The first book on exclusively on corkscrews was published as recently as 1981, but since then, several dozen others have appeared.

The doyen of corkscrew collecting clubs is The International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts (ICCA), but its membership is by invitation and the numbers are strictly limited to 50.  The largest club is the CCCC - The Corkscrew Collectors Club of Canada - which is actually international in its membership.  In Britain there is the ABCDE - the Association of British Corkscrew Devotees and Enthusiasts - well, that says it all doesn't it!

Our stock of corkscrews is, as with other areas of wine accessories, primarily centered around high quality and practicality.  That does not preclude rarities, but it does mean, for example, that we would prefer to have a superb example of a plain T corkscrew at £75, than a Hull's Presto with a bent and shortened helix at £750.  However, we have been known to have some fine examples which are also rare.

3010 A Fine SIlver-Gilt Roundlet Corkscrew

3010 A Fine SIlver-Gilt Roundlet Corkscrew

This type of corkscrew, known as a 'roundlet', was patented by William Lund and William... Date: 1913

Price: UK customers £600, US customers $720, Euro customers €690, Australian customers $960

4088 A Tiny Miniature Straight-pull Corkscrew

4088 A Tiny Miniature Straight-pull Corkscrew

This must be one of the smallest, if not THE smallest corkscrew made in the... Date: c.1880

Price: UK customers £295, US customers $355, Euro customers €340, Australian customers $470

6023 A Folding Bow Corkscrew

6023 A Folding Bow Corkscrew

This is a very practical corkscrew of a pattern, known by collectors as a 'folding... Date: c.1890

Price: UK customers £48, US customers $60, Euro customers €55, Australian customers $75

6024 A Pair of Champagne Pliers or Nips

6024 A Pair of Champagne Pliers or Nips

This pair of champagne pliers or nips are a product of the great surge in... Date: c.1900

Price: UK customers £80, US customers $95, Euro customers €90, Australian customers $130

6025 A Brass Farrow & Jackson Corkscrew

6025 A Brass Farrow & Jackson Corkscrew

This is a good example of a Farrow & Jackson type corkscrew. This one is... Date: c.1880

Price: UK customers £120, US customers $145, Euro customers €140, Australian customers $190

6042 A Straight-Pull Corkscrew with Brush

6042 A Straight-Pull Corkscrew with Brush

This is a good, practical no-nonsense corkscrew. It has a cocuswood handle with a brush... Date: c.1850

Price: UK customers £45, US customers $55, Euro customers €50, Australian customers $70

6043 A Straight-Pull Corkscrew with Brush

6043 A Straight-Pull Corkscrew with Brush

This is a good, practical no-nonsense corkscrew. It has a cocuswood handle with a brush... Date: c.1850

Price: UK customers £35, US customers $40, Euro customers €40, Australian customers $55

6044 A Straight-Pull Corkscrew with Cyphered Worm

6044 A Straight-Pull Corkscrew with Cyphered Worm

This is a better-than-average corkscrew with a cocus-wood handle with decorative turning and a cyphered... Date: c.1860

Price: UK customers £35, US customers $40, Euro customers €40, Australian customers $55

6045 A Plain Straight-Pull Corkscrew with a Barrel Handle

6045 A Plain Straight-Pull Corkscrew with a Barrel Handle

This is an early 19th century straight-pull corkscrew with a barrel-shaped handle with ring-turning. It... Date: c.1820

Price: UK customers £24, US customers $30, Euro customers €30, Australian customers $40

6046 A Horn-Handled straight-Pull Corkscrew

6046 A Horn-Handled straight-Pull Corkscrew

This is a simple corkscrew with a horn (deer antler) handle. It has a plain... Date: c.1870

Price: UK customers £30, US customers $35, Euro customers €35, Australian customers $50

6047 A Pretty Straight-Pull Corkscrew

6047 A Pretty Straight-Pull Corkscrew

This is a straightforward late 19th century corkscrew - no fuss, no frills, but it... Date: c.1880

Price: UK customers £24, US customers $30, Euro customers €30, Australian customers $40

6048 A Horn-Handle Straight-Pull Corkscrew

6048 A Horn-Handle Straight-Pull Corkscrew

This simple corkscrew has a bright steel shank and worm, while the handle is a... Date: c.1880

Price: UK customers £28, US customers $35, Euro customers €30, Australian customers $45

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