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.
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.