Known as a bouchonneuse, this large wine bottle corker would have been used at late 19th/early 20th century French vineyards to seal wine bottles before the advent of mass production methods. Our model, which is from circa 1910, stands 38 7/8 inches tall and would have been positioned on the floor during use.
The functional bouchonneuse has three sloping legs and ovate pad feet, providing stability for when the lever is engaged. Most of the bouchonneuse is made from durable cast iron, with the exception of the wooden handle and the bronze cork fitting that has been stamped with production marks. The lip of the reservoir and the side of the shaft also have been stamped by the manufacturer, including La Meilleure, which means “The Best”. Our large French bouchonneuse is the perfect accessory for a wine room or kitchen.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with wear commensurate to age and use, including minor nicks and rubs to wood handle and iron sections. Light buildup with slight staining to the reservoir. Fleabites to iron as a result of the casting process.