This large French bottle corker stands at 48 1/2 inches tall with the handle up. Known in France as a “Bouchonneuse”, this type of device was used in the late 1800s to early 1900s. It would have stood on the ground allowing someone to use the long lever to forcefully insert corks into bottles, while placing his or her foot on the iron pad.
Production boomed in the last quarter of the 19th century. Between 1890 and 1917, the industry’s workforce more than doubled and by 1930 it had increased five-fold, to a total of 10,000 workers. This particular wine corker was most likely made during this period (100 years old).
This example is made of durable cast iron, has its original wooden handle, and has two different bottle supports (for different sized bottles). The machine is stamped “L’UNIC” in light gold lettering. Today, this antique French bouchonneuse would make a perfect accessory for a wine room or kitchen.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor wear