|Probably one of the first antique corkscrews you'll come across, will be a simple, plain shanked wooden direct
pull. You can find the simplest designs for around £5.00 or less, if you search hard. Prices go up depending
on design, quality & makers stamps. Condition is always an important factor - a rusty corkscrew that looks like
it's been eaten by a rat whilst sat in a damp cellar for 80 years isn't going to be a winner. Take your time &
hold out for rust-less corkscrews with good quality handles.
Look closely at potential purchases. You will come across very sad looking direct pull corkscrews that with a
bit of work can be restored into a winners. Light surface rust will disappear with fine guage wire wool & a dull,
dusty handle could soon be a beauty with some bees wax & elbow grease.