Apparently there’s such a thing as corkscrew collecting. One can go to several museums around the world from France and Italy to California and Vancouver. Located in Mènerbes in Southern France, Corkscrew Museum #1 has over 1500 pieces displayed, including several 17th century pieces. Owned by a local winery proprietor and avid corkscrew collector, the museum was reorganized in the 1990s by a Canadian corkscrew expert. Corkscrew Museum #2 in Italy offers 500 objects from the 18th century to today of various artistic periods, countries and types. Interesting that there’s a separate section devoted to historic postcards with corkscrews as the theme. The Culinary Institute of America displays our third Corkscrew Museum. Brother Tim from the legendary Christian Brothers winery started his corkscrew collection back in 1949. He has screw-less cork removers, multi-use and pocket corkscrews as well as ones shaped like people. Last but not least, Corkscrew Museum #4 is located in the Corkscrew Inn Bed & Breakfast and run by the Canadian Corkscrew Collectors Club (refer back to Museum #1…what’s with all the Canadians?). Started in 1985, the Inn has the world’s largest bar corkscrew collection and nearly 50 stained glass corkscrew pieces.
I don’t know about you, but I think I need a glass of wine.