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I almost would be tempted to classify the bar mounted corkscrews in the rubric “ the forsaken”.

These corkscrews, of a professional use, are of a big size (far more then 15cm) and are quite heavy (some kilos) and have nothing to seduce collectors.

They are however the logical continuation of a technological evolution, and of a need of profitability required by a society that is in full expansion.

It is during the XIX century that the first bar mounted corkscrews appeared.

Pubs and restaurants were more and more visited and it was the responsibility of the manager, and not of the customer, to open tens of bottles at once. Many injuries happened, causing severe wounds or mutilations.

It is to open bottles of beer that bar mounted corkscrews were first created, and it is to answer to the request of pub and restaurants managers that inventors tried to create the ideal corkscrew.

Inventors soon realised that a robust, reliable and stable corkscrew had to be imagined.

Barmen had no time to loose looking after their corkscrew, and it is one of the reason why the bar mounted corkscrews were fixed on the wall or on the counter itself.

A barman, or simply a great butler… had to be able to uncork a bottle with only one hand, or more specifically with a single wave of the hand.

The first bar mounted corkscrew is English; Joseph Haynes took out a patent in 1844.

In 1865, Sanders imagined a corkscrew that was freeing the cork after its extraction.

These corkscrews became more popular by the end of the XIX century and beginning of the XX century and some models were a bit more successful, like the “Don”, the “Meritt”, the “Swift”, and the “Acme” which are of a surprising efficiency.

There are lots of other specimens, full of ingenuity, and it is up to you to discover them.

If you want to get more information, I suggest a little tour in the rubric bibliography.

 

 
   
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