The Old Corkscrew is based in Franschhoek, South Africa. 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 more than thirty five restaurants many situated on award winning wine farms.
Opened in 1994 this unique shop is one of the premier antique dealerships in the country. It specialises in exceptional pieces covering silver, decorative arts and the unusual. A strong emphasis on wine related antiques, including Africa’s largest collection of antique corkscrews has ensured it is a firm favourite with both local and international visitors.
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.