Between the many corkscrew collecting clubs, one constant remains the same, the tradition of posting an annual picture of the 6 best corkscrews acquired during the year.
Best 6 - 2017
- Rack and pinion corkscrew with bottle grips and a rosewood handle. Thomas Lund’s British Patent No. 7,761 of August 3, 1838. Marked LUND’S PATENT LONDON RACK on shaft below handle. Marked on the sides of the frame LUND MAKER CORNHILL & FLEET ST. LONDON. The grips are marked LUND PATENTEE & MAKER LONDON.
- Very rare single lever corkscrew with sliding frame. Looks to be German, but little is known of this piece. The only other example that I have seen can be found on page 237 of the book World Class Corkscrews.
- Unusual single lever corkscrew marked Pelican Patent Lever on the handle. I have not seen any other examples of this corkscrew.
- The next two corkscrews may look rather common compared to the others in this best 6, but the historical significance of these two corkscrews is astounding. This corkscrew is believed to have belonged to Adolf Hitler. It is a large stag horn handled corkscrew made with German silver. One of the end caps is engraved "AH" for Adolf Hitler, the other with a swastika.
- This corkscrew is believed to have belonged to Hermann Wilhelm Göring (12 January 1893 – 15 October 1946) who was a German political and military leader as well as one of the most powerful figures in the Nazi Party (NSDAP) that ruled Germany from 1933 to 1945. This small boars tusk corkscrew is made with German silver and is engraved with the Goring family crest.
- This is a beautifully carved stag horn corkscrew depicting a chimp trying to snare 2 rabbits with a rope with a Sterling silver end cap.