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Screwpull: Creation & History of a High-tech Corkscrew

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Screwpull: Creation & History of a High-tech Corkscrew

Donald Minzenmayer

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After more than two centuries, the process of opening a bottle of wine changed significantly in the 1970s with the introduction of the Screwpull. This is the story of the development and realization of one of the best devices in the world for removing a cork from a wine bottle, the Screwpull, and its inventor, Herbert Allen. Alongside hundreds of examples of experimental prototypes, patent drawings, and many production models, the story unfolds to reveal Allen’s conceptualization of how the Screwpull should work and how imitation knockoffs affected his market. The story goes on to detail the events following Mr. Allen’s death—the transfer of the company to LeCreuset of France and the production of new models. A beautifully illustrated and detailed history of this remarkable product, Screwpull is the perfect addition to the libraries of corkscrew collectors, product designers, those with good taste, and wine aficionados.

Size: 9″ x 12″ | 417 b/w & color images | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764344213 | Binding: hard cover

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Donald Minzenmayer has been collecting corkscrews and ring bits for 40 years. He is a member of the International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts and is also the author of The Ring Bit.