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Vintage Wine Bottle Corker: Old Fashioned Hand Operated Wood Object Wine Décor Item Made in Germany

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Put a cork in it! This item is a hand-operated plunger-type cork inserter made of turned hardwood. It allowed a small-scale vintner, utilizing equal parts elbow grease and perseverance, to jam the corks into freshly filled bottles of wine. It consists of wooden plunger with a knob handle on top fitted into a wooden yoke or collar which was seated on top of the bottle. Corks were loaded via the cut-out side ports, then pushed through a tapered metal compression sleeve in the bottom of the device into the bottle neck. It was apparently made before the discovery of the lever, because a little leverage would certainly make the process a lot easier.

The length of the piece is about 11 inches with plunger pushed in. The only marking is the impressed word “GERMANY” on the main body.

This corker is in good vintage :) condition. It seems to have actually been used a bit: acquired here in the historic Sonoma wine country, it has an overall mottled finish of dark purplish stains on the lighter (possibly walnut) wood. A once-white rubber cushion washer on the plunger is also wine-stained. A similar corker found on the internet had a small metal cap on the bottom of the wooden plunger; there is no little cap on this one.

This would make a very nice décor item for the oenophile, and perhaps even the start of, or an addition to, a bottle corker or wine making tool collection for the home cellar or wine bar.

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Vintage Wine Bottle Corker: Old Fashioned Hand Operated Wood Object Wine Décor Item Made in Germany


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  • Material: muhuhu wood
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