Probably The World’s Most Complicated Way To Open a Bottle And Serve a Glass Of Wine

Like all great inventions, it sounds crazy but it might just work. First, take half a ton of scrap metal, several cogs, some chains, a couple of cannonballs – and lots of paper for the drawing board.

Then bolt them together into a 5ft structure resembling something out of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang workshop.

The mechanical corkscrew – a brilliant solution to a problem that didn’t really exist. It opens the wine, pours it into the glass – and even saves the cork for recycling.

Now, propose a toast to creator Rob Higgs. He has been commissioned to allow 25 of the bizarre contraptions to go on sale for between £75,000 and £100,000.