The Old Corkscrew is a unique antique dealer with the largest collection of antique corkscrews in Africa. Operating from the shop, local and international antique fairs and online it possesses an impressive collection of notable antiques.
We regularly visit the antique fairs in the United Kingdom including Lapada and The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia London where we showcase our new discoveries. Visitors to the fairs are sure to find a rare piece amongst our collection.
When next in South Africa be sure to visit our antique shop in Franschhoek. This picturesque town which is nestled in the winelands of the Western Cape is a comfortable fifty-minute drive from Cape Town.
Franschhoek known as the ’Food and Wine Capital’ of South Africa, boasts many restaurants, some situated on award winning wine farms.
Rare Victorian silver coin mounted tankard and box marked for London 1896 by Daniel & John Welby. The tankard and box were made using coins discovered as part of a treasure trove in 1896. The treasure amounting to 1,885 silver coins was discovered in the ceiling of a room above the vestry of Crediton Church in Devonshire.
Nickel-plated roundlet corkscrew This example is marked ‘LUND’ on one side of the shank and ‘PATENT’ on the other and was the Lund & Hipkins number III patent, Circa 1860. Engraved with a poem that reads: I AM THE “SCREW” OF LIZZIE FIELD, ALL HEARTS AS WELL AS CORKS MUST YIELD, TO OUR UNITED EFFORTS WHEN, I DRAW THE CORKS SHE DRAWS THE MEN.
An American Art Deco sterling silver travelling drinks companion in original leather cover. This example marked “STERLING 3125” on the side of the tot measure/funnel. The cap lifter handle houses a perfect centre cut bladed worm and is further used as a plug for the tot measure. Circa 1935.
An English concertina corkscrew known as ‘Wiers Double’. This example marked ‘WIERS PATENT DOUBLE No 4283’ and ‘J.H.S.B’ which stands for James Heeley and Sons from Birmingham, who were the makers. This patent was applied for and granted to Marshall Arthur Wier, of No 3 Palace Grove, Upper Norwood in the County of Surrey on the 25th of September 1884, No 12,804 in the United Kingdom. It was also granted a patent in America on the 10th of November 1885, No. 330,357. Perfect helical worm. Circa 1885.
Late 19th century Belgian ‘800’ silver neo-rocaille style vase by Wolfers Frères, Brussels. Impressed ‘Goldschmidt’ for the German firm in Cologne (acting as retailer). This vase was probably designed by Philippe Wolfers and the cherub by Isidore De Rudder as part of the “Les Maraudeurs” range, featuring putti playing.