The Most Beautiful Vintage Corkscrews

Alex Van Buren
Food Features Editor
March 17, 2014

Did you know that one of the first incarnations of the corkscrew was called a “coaxer”? Neither did we. On Friday The New York Times ran a fascinating little history on the things, tracing them to the 1770s, and distinguishing among the Zig-Zag, the Screwpull and the Cork Extractor—which sound as much like fabulous dance moves as they do like vehicles for getting booze out of a bottle.

We started thinking about just how many gorgeous corkscrews exist out there, particularly vintage beauties. And while you may not feel inclined to drink wine tonight, of all nights, these sure do look impressive when you pull them out of a drawer.

Photo credit: Etsy

Gotta love the idea of busting these babies out at your next dinner party, no? Vintage brass corkscrew, $37, Etsy

This one hides the corkscrew inside the anchor shape. Inside the anchor shape! Ideal for the wine that tastes like grog. Anchor corkscrew, $52,

This is what the Times called a zig-zag corkscrew style, which dates back to 1920. Rustic, effective, and good-looking. Similar styles, from $191, from 

The key design seems to have been popular in the mid-1900s, including this brass fleur-de-lis. $46,

There’s nothing we don’t like about a corkscrew that looks like a squid. And how fantastic for your seafood feastSquid corkscrew, $37,

This little piggy went to market… and came back totally ready to open that bottle of Bordeaux. Win-win. Merci, piggyPig corkscrew, $20, eBay.