The corkscrew is a relative newcomer in the history of wine. Before the eighteenth century and the development of modern bottling techniques, wine was only very rarely transported in glass bottles. But then, the English discovered that cork (imported from Portugal) was a far healthier way of stopping bottles than earlier methods, and so the corkscrew was born. As the corkscrew grew in popularity, its uses also diversified. For example, eighteenth-century ladies wishing to uncork their perfumes and smelling salts in a delicate manner could use models in mother-of-pearl and gold. Today, corkscrews are made in all manner of materials, from the traditional wood and bone to hi-tech plastics and alloys. Even designers and artists have turned their attention to this humble object, with occasionally astonishing and unexpected results...With over 500 color photographs presenting the full array of styles of corkscrews, their different techniques and materials, this book provides an informative look at a truly collectible item.