Oversized Frame Corkscrew

In the most recent CollectorCorkscrews.com Auction, there was an interesting lot for an “Unusual Open Frame – Large Format Bottles,” with a description that read, “English, bronze wash, open-frame corkscrew designed for use on large format bottles. Uncommon.”

While it the listing didn’t mention anything about the actual size, having purchased corkscrews from this particular collector/seller in the past, I was sure his description was accurate, and decided to place a bid.

As it happened, I was the winning bidder–not a common occurrence 🙂

The corkscrew arrived yesterday, and it is indeed an oversized corkscrew.

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It isn’t HUGE, but in comparing it with an open frame Chinnook, for example, you can see how much larger the frame is. And, in opening a normal sized bottle of wine, the Chinnock works–we actually used it last night.

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The oversized frame, is clearly too large for a normal sized bottle; the neck of the bottle passing through the base to the top of the frame–the helix would actually pass through the cork and well into the bottle’s contents.

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I agree with the seller, a large format bottle corkscrew for sure. Now, I just need to round up a 6 liter bottle to try it out 🙂

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