Tagua Nut Bird Corkscrew

A sweet, little bird corkscrew, combining early phenolic resin plastics and a polished tagua nut. Second-hand.

What's for sale?

This is a sweet little corkscrew in the form of a bird and made from a tagua nut. The plastic parts were made with an early type of phenolic resin, the same as Bakelite. The eyes and corkscrew are metal.

The orientation of the nut has been chosen to look like feathers and it is a usable design, because the bird sits comfortably in the palm of your hand while you use the corkscrew.

One of his feet is damaged, but it still sits upright easily.

Tagua nuts come from the South American rain forest and are also known as ivory palms, ivory nut palms, vegetable ivory and eco ivory.

We don't know who made it, but it was probably made during the 1930s to 1950s.

What condition is it in?

  • Second-hand
  • In fair to good condition
  • One side of the feet is damaged
  • The corkscrew is corroded in one section

What are the measurements?

  • 7cm high (2.75 inches) at highest point
  • 11cm at widest point (4.25 inches)
  • 38 grams

If you have questions or would like more detailed pictures, just send us an email to help@3bearscottage.co.uk.

Mid 20th century (1930-1959)
Stock ID:
1 in stock

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