Collecting mechanical corkscrews

I would not dream of using a newly manufactured corkscrew for extracting wine bottles when entertaining my dining guests. Imagining enjoying a nice Barolo or something of its kind. Your guests are present. All guests know you have a small surprise of wine extravaganza. You make a 30 second statement about the wine, and then you are to withdrawn the cork. Obviously the wine should be decantered and aired, but do not forget the " withdrawal of the cork effect " has on your guests i. e the talking piece effect.


Of course you extract the cork using an interesting corkscrew. Now what corkscrew should you decide on? Should you decide on a Thomason, or maybe an Italian impulsive and probably malfunctioning CS.


I traditionally use the beautiful Cotterill  CS to do the job. Some English corkscrews are really hard to get fully operational and some will absolutely fail on you at the very wrong moment. So keep it simple – use a reliable mechanism. The Cotterill CS has operated consistently and smoothly since 1842. A fully original well functioning Cotterill is very rare.


There are others designs that will not fail on you. Please click on some other pages where some other reliable designs and mechanisms are on display. Futhermore, the designers of the corkcrews need significant credit as well as their efforts to mark their productions. These productions are very much still alive and vivid, illuminating times all gone never ever to be forgotten.


However, if you are really serious about collecting corkcrews there are some pieces of advise to reflect on:


- Have a strategy for what to collect. Start with a narrow approach and maybe widening it.


- Make sure to buy only quality items. Do not reflect on items that have some problems  

  attached to it.


- Leave simpler items for someone else.


- Prefer to buy items where there is a mark of the producer. Or a producer that can be verified.


- Buy from semeone you know or can check reference.


- Stay out of the internet dealing. Quality items for sale has diminished since a coupple of years ago.


A nice example of a Thomason Fruit and Wine CS. Sometimes called Grapes and Wine. Excellent patina and nice engravings. A well functioning and perfect example is rare but not superrare.

A different fruit and wine CS. Again, nice patina and well functioning. Different and quite rare.

A four pillar Ne Plus Ultra CS made by Thomason. A fully functional CS with the pillars intact and not bent is rare, but not superrare.