We finally found a way to display the large arm corkscrew a year after acquiring it. We decided to mount it in a shadow box. So we built the back and sides out of oak, stained them, wrapped the back in gold satin, mounted the arm and all of the pieces that go with it as well as a fine bottle of wine for looks, then added the frame and glass. Now we have a new piece of art that always gets commented on. This display was finished around November of 2007.
This is a 19th century prosthetic arm made from steel and leather which includes a corkscrew, fork, hook, & wooden hand with a spring loaded thumb. It is a left arm, so the corkscrew has a left hand screw which means that the threads on the helix are reversed from their usual direction (this allows the user to turn the bottle onto the helix). I acquired this one of a kind corkscrew from the liquidation of Alf Erickson's collection. He included this one in his best six in 2002. Alf had this to say about the arm, "Sometime during the 19th century a Frenchman needed a left arm ... an arm that was to serve as the one that was never given to him at birth or the one that was raped from his body in some long forgotten way. But, of course, we are not concerned with whether the fellow lost his limb in an industrial accident, via a birth defect, in a duel or because of a fierce animal bite. The fact that his stump needed something is enough for our purposes. All this aside, the fitting-plate close to the artificial wrist is brokered with a 180 degree rotating non-swiveling tightening device that allows the user to affix useful attachments to the artificial arm."