French Champagne Tap. The night they invented Champagne, they couldn’t pop the cork. The fermenting sugar had coated the stopper and sealed the bottle; wires were required to keep the cork in place. To get to the “champers” required pliers to cut the wire, a gimlet to bore an entry hole, and a tap like this one to release the fizz. The process is still used today by some private Champagne makers, and discerning drinkers. Rare syringe type tap with gargoyle dolphin head spout, solid brass. Ca. 1890.
Champagne tap (C1215). Dimensions: 13.5” x 3”.
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