Have a glass of vino with someone from 100 years ago and they’d probably be astonished to learn just how many corkscrews apparatuses lay in the aisle of Bed Bath and Beyond. That said, none to this day are nearly as impressive as this contraption.
Built by mechanical sculptor Rob Higgs, this steampunk corkscrew bottle opener, unlike today’s contraptions, takes an excessive amount of time to cork a single bottle of wine. The whole process is hand cranked and incorporates a bell – sorry, no whistles – and once it rings it will proceed to pour the wine into a mounted glass using a set of counter weights. While it’s not “set it and forget it” machine as we’ve seen on late night TV, the Steampunk De-Corking machine does add a sort of elegance to the whole process of opening, smelling and sipping some vino.