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5092 A Rare Champagne Bottle Stopper

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To withstand the pressure inside a Champagne bottle, special corks were made and devices to insert them.  Once removed, a champagne cork cannot be put back, so the ever-inventive Victorians came up with a device like this.  It appears to be nickel plated on steel and while one (sprung) end grips the neck of the bottle and then swivels to the upright position, the other end has a screw enabling the rubber cone to be tightened into the neck of the bottle to seal it securely.

A very similar bottle stopper is illustrated in my 'Great British Wine Accessories  1550 - 1900' pl.12/52 p. 268.  Also illustrated is a facsimile plate from Farrow & jackson's 1898 catalogue in which the device is named "The Excelsior Grip".

Devices like this are seldom seen, and this one is in very good condition.  It does not have the Farrow & Jackson stamp with the date of the patent (April 26 1878) impressed on the top of the screw, but in all other respects this appears to be the same.


Date: c,1880-90

Dimensions: 2.7",- 3.7", 6.8 - 9.4 cm. long

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