Throughout the 20th century a vast number of
figural corkscrews have been produced. These
quirky corkscrews turn up in all shapes & forms.
Here are a selection that were produced in

The "Old Snifter" corkscrews depict a cartoon
character drawn by Rollin Kirby called Mr Dry, a
figure representing prohibition.

The example shown in the pictures to the left &
right is John R. Schuchardt from New York
invention & has a mechanical action. When the
head is turned the corkscrew raises & lowers.
I've enjoyed compiling this corkscrew guide, I hope it can be of
assistance to you. If you'd like to get in touch it would be great to hear
from you.
Antique & Vintage Corkscrew Guide
~ American Figural Corkscrews ~
Here are three Parrot corkscrews, each
are 5" high & have a caplifter. In 1929
Manuel Avillar of New York was issued a
patent for a bottle seal remover & a
Parrot was shown in the patent drawing
although it did not show a corkscrew.
Look out for different ones, there are a
number of variations to be found by the
keenest collectors.
Here's an extra large Parrot
corkscrew which is a real
heavy weight. This taller
version is 6 1/4" tall & is
harder to find than the
smaller variants.
Back to the Old Snifters. This
chrome one was manufactured by
Demley & surfaces quite frequently.
There are many free standing
variations to find in a bronze finish,
silver plate & chrome.
A red devil corkscrew with caplifter. A
sought after corkscrew that always
seem to sell very well. Research has
found that this was a 1980's design.
A pig corkscrew & caplifter
produced by Negbaur in
around the 1950's. Another
that is quite hard to find.
Just three of very
many different
variations that
can be found of
this design.

A corkscrew with
caplifter sits
within the  
sheath until
required for use.
Here's an interesting combination bar
tool & dispensing apparatus.

The design patent was issued to
Horace Bridgewater of Stratford,
Connecticut, on August 23, 1932.

The man within the coffin dismantles to
reveal various bar tools & the hat is the
Another Kirby, this one is a
combination bar tool which
includes a bottle opener,
corkscrew & spoon. A 1932 design
patent to Alfred Flauder of
An unusual brass serpent
corkscrew with a folding helix
Interested in

Then you must visit
Josef L'Africain's
guide on Syroco
find out about
Ross Pigs

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auction site & end up being disappointed.

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Check out these very cool Daschund dog corkscrews,
each marked "Crosby Pup". Rumour has it that these
Crosby Pup corkscrews were commissioned by none
other than Bing Crosby as gifts for his friends & family.
They surface from time to time on the various Internet
auction websites. If you have one for sale, I'd be
delighted to buy it from you directly.