Vintage Champagne Tap / Corkscrew, designed with an Archimedean bladed helix with two holes in the tip and Prince of Wales Feathers on the petcock handles. Instead of 'popping' a Champagne cork, you would screw this tap through the cork and it would act as a valve. The threaded flared discharge nozzle secures a fine screen to filter debris from the champagne, wine or other liquid. The tap, with the valve closed, was screwed into the cork in a carbonated beverage. The bottle was turned upside down to cover the end of the tap, the valve opened, and the contents were discharged by the pressure in the bottle. When the desired amount was removed the valve was closed and the tap was left in the bottle to maintain pressure.
S.Maw & Son were known as a medical instrument manufacturers. They manufactured at least three different versions of this type of tap.
COMPOSITION: Silver or Nickel plated Brass
DIMENSIONS: (L)110mm (W)55mm
MAKERS MARK: S.MAW & SON LONDON
FLAWS: Some typical wear & silver plate loss consistent with age.