Corkscrews, invented around 1800, are an interesting collectible and can be relatively affordable (especially the more modern, 20th-century advertising-type corkscrews). There are two types of corkscrews: those where the power comes from the person operating the mechanism (known as a straight pull) and those with a mechanism that produces the power.
Antique and vintage corkscrews come in a wide variety of shapes (including novelty corkscrews that take on fun forms like animals or people), and their handles are made from a range of materials, such as metal, bone, or wood. Watch out for damage to the mechanism.
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Virtual Corkscrew Museum
Donald Bull's definitive corkscrew site, featuring over 13,000 photos of collectible corkscrews. Browse the top-lev… [read review or visit site]
Corkscrewsonline.com showcases the passion of the creator, who is an avid corkscrew collector, so you can’t help … [read review or visit site]
Just For Openers
This site features photos of beer advertising openers from the early 1900s, organized alphabetically by state. But … [read review or visit site]
This archive of 76 influential American cookbooks from the late 1700s to early 1900s, assembled by the Michigan St… [read review or visit site]
Kristian McManus’ fresh, airtight collection of Tupperware catalogs and related ephemera from the 1950s and 6… [read review or visit site]