Antique & Vintage Corkscrew Guide
~ Bow Corkscrews ~

Simple but ingenious with a hinged helix that folds
safely away when not in use.

Folding bow corkscrews also known as harps were
first produced during the 18th century. Two
hundred years later, collectors are keenly
searching to add interesting variants to their

Simple bows with just a corkscrew can be found
quite easily for about a fiver. Named, interesting
designs, faceted, decorative & multi tool bows fetch
plenty more.

To the left is an interesting group of
bow corkscrews including a few examples with an
additional tool.
Here's a group of four beautiful folding bows corkscrews with decorative
surrounds. It's worth paying extra for beauties like these which are quite
hard to find.

Two of the three miniature bows in the picture to your right aslo have some
lovely decorative detail.
These beautiful miniature bows were designed to
open perfume, medicine & ink which were all corked
in years gone by.
It must be the romantic in me. I just love the bows that were produced in a heart shape. These
Victorian & Edwardian bow corkscrews are all worthy additions to a corkscrew collection.
This absolutely wonderful bow is also a
carriage key. The faceted surround is
beautiful on this piece.
This seven tool bow is quite a
rare find. It has a cartridge
remover as one of the tools.
One of my favourite bows. It has
advertising for D. Walters on one side & is
marked XMAS 1905 on the other.
Here's a very nice ten tool nickel plated bow
in very good condition. It's very hard to find
examples as good as this one so it's worth
paying extra if you find one in good shape.
A painting of some 18th century gents
opening a bottle with a simple bow corkscrew
Always check
the hinge
action. Many
turn up quite
loose, so it's
worth waiting for
a good one with
a firm action.
I'm always on the hunt for interesting folding
bows to add to my own collection. If you have
any that you would like to trade or sell please
drop me a line.
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.

Forget trying to luck out on an internet
auction site & end up being disappointed.

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