A little dodgy

From the September 1907 issue of Hardware Dealers’ Magazine

James B. Dodge, Jacksonville, Fla., is placing on the market the “New Era” Cork Extractor, illustrated. The general appearance, when in its case, is indicated by the illustration in the lower right hand corner of the cut. When out of the case it is as shown in the lower left-hand corner.


It is made of brass tubing, nickel-plated. The handle is corrugated so that then twisting on a cork the tool will not slip in the fingers. The prongs are firmly held in the handle by means of a wooden plug. In the end of the plug is a spur 7/8 inches long. When the prongs are pushed in the neck of a bottle, on each side of a cork, and when they are at the desired depth, push down on the shoulder of clamp until the spur enters the cork at full depth. This draws the prongs tightly around the cork and with a twisting motion it is extracted un-injured. The device when not in use is ½ inch diameter and 5 inches long.


Marked on end of the tin case with, PAT. MAY 28-07, this is one cork puller that I have yet to use to open a bottle of wine, I have no doubt it would work, but with the little spike in the middle being held in with a wooden plug, using it sounds a little iffy, or dodgy as it were.

I would love to add another to the collection however. Why not have two Dodge patents! Drop me a line if you have one!