Confessions of a placomusophile
Forgive me, father, for I have sinned. I confess: I am a placomusophile.
Trivia item for the day: a collector of the little metal plaques that sit on top of Champagne corks is called a placomusophile, and the act of collecting them is placomusophilie. Thank you, Karen MacNeil of the WineSpeed website.Some can be very colourful, some quite beautifully designed. Some even have a little story printed on their underside.
I’ve been collecting these colourful little souvenirs for many years and have jars of them, but I’ve yet to find a use for them.
On most cheap Aussie bubblies the plaque is plain silver, but Champagne being Champagne, they go the extra yard and decorate them. Most carry at least the name of the producer. Some can be very colourful, some quite beautifully designed. Some even have a little story printed on their underside.
The plaque – or cage plate – is more than decoration. It sits on the top of the cork and keeps the four legs of the wire cage (called a muselet) in position.
If anyone can think of a use, let me know. The best I can dream up is a champerphone. Remember the lagerphone? Bush bands used to rattle these as a kind of percussion instrument. They were made by loosely nailing beer bottle tops to a long stick. Banging the stick on the floor was a kind of Ocker tambourine. I’m sure Barry McKenzie had one.