Displaying Corkscrews

How do you display your collection?
August 1st 2004....
Many thanks to father & son David & James Zalaznik from Texas, USA for supplying some
further ideas for displaying your corkscrews. They were kind enough to send a number of
pictures & it seems their house has been totally taken over by a screwy habit......they also
has the most perfect Syroco Indian I have ever seen & told me that it has been in their family
for three generations.

Thanks for all the pictures.
17th March 2005..Many thanks to Richard Stevenson, a fellow UK collector that kindly sent in
the following photographs. Richard  has a main interest in champagne taps, bows & cork
grippers & looking at these pictures you can see his time searching has been rewarded with
some wonderful pieces which he displays in fine fashion.

Richard cleverly uses tilly clips, available from any hardware store to secure the taps &
corkscrews on the backing board within glass fronted cabinets.

It's a great idea & a fantastic display...thanks Richard
3rd May 2005.....Collecting in Russia
Here's Alex Rogawa, an avid corkscrew collector from Russia. Alex owns a restaurant in Moscow & displays
his wonderful antique corkscrews, framed on his restaurant walls. Despite the language difficulties Alex &
myself have become good friends, we speak a new language called Corkscrew. I reckon this just has to be
the perfect restaurant for any corkscrew collector to dine at. Great job Alex.
28th October 2005 - Mike Mitchell in Australia
Mike has a terrific corkscrew collection which looks absolutely fantastic in his wonderful cabinets which are
quite similar in design to Alex Rogawa - see above. To help any corkscrew collector that would like to display
in a similar manner, Mike has kindly explained the construction.

Many thanks Mike.
My cases are made from re-cycled 3/4" Oregon - the outside
dimension of each case is 42 1/2" long x 27 1/2" wide.

The outside dimensions of the 'boxes' in which the corkscrews
actually reside are about 40" long x 25 1/2" wide x 3 1/2" deep.
The inside dimensions of each box are about 38 1/4" x 24"

The inside dimensions (ie the glass area) of the door on the
front is the same as the inside dimension of the 'box' so that
you can see everything inside (ie the door frame does not
impinge on the inside display area at all). The frame of the door
is made from 1 3/4" x 3/4" oregon.

The doors of all 3 cases are attached by 3 brass hinges. The
knobs are brass and each case has a simple ball bearing
brass lock behind the knob to enable ease of opening and

I used a product called Caneite to line the inside of each box - I
think it is made from re-cycled sugar cane refuse which is
compacted under high pressure. It is very light but hardy yet it is
not difficult to insert pins into. The depth of each Caneite sheet
is 1/2" and I cut them to fit fairly snugly into each box.

I lined each piece of Caneite with grey/silver felt and use
chrome Florist's pins (which are 1 1/2" long and heavier gauge
than normal pins) to suspend each corkscrew.

If you can't get Caneite perhaps you might be able to get thick
enough cork sheets or even the requisite number of thick cork
floor tiles (glued to a thin backing sheet) which might suit the
same purpose.
February 2004

The 1st official email received by Corkscrews Online

Dear fellow collectors,

I have been collecting corkscrews for the last several
years resulting in several hundred "keepers."  I have good
examples of a variety of corkscrews ranging from coffee
grinders, Thomason's, single/double levers, straight pulls
with brushes, buttons, etc., and I could go on and on.  My
main focus, however, has turned to champagne taps,
bows, medicine/perfume (including the bottles when
possible), and knives.

So here's my question to all of you ....how do you display
your collections? I have my taps (including the ones in
boxes) in curio cabinets, my Thomason's, coffee grinders,
and other more expensive items in glass top table cases,
my knives and bows in the drawers of an old antique
thread box.  I am also working on a display board for my
Cloughs, simple straight pulls, etc., but I'm still looking for
other display ideas.  

Thanks for your assistance  

Karen Conner, USA

Peter's reply: I, for my sins, have not found a method for
displaying my collection. I'm sorry to report that my
corkscrews & taps live in a number of different cardboard
boxes. Hopefully in time, I'll display them with creativity like
Art & yourself.
Two very sad looking cardboard boxes full of lovely corkscrews.
Peter is currently bowing his head in shame!