From an 1892 issue of The American Stationer comes an advertisement for a combination can opener and corkscrew.
Combination Can Opener and Corkscrew
A nickel plate or oxidized combination corkscrew and can opener is the latest idea of that irrepressible novelty gatherer, the Magic Introduction Company. The cut herewith given shows the screw open for use, but this of course closes and neatly hides itself in a groove made for it. The article will strike anyone as having the “novelty of usefulness” in it to a very high degree.
In the house, at picnics, with garden parties, in the forest, on the road, or as an adjunct to the little tête-à-tête in the arbor where a can of salmon, sardines, or other relish, with an acceptable bottle, may be deemed “the proper thing,” this new idea of the Magic Introduction Company will be appreciated. Moreover, it looks well and is cheap.
And, if you possibly needed more enticement, a second ad appears.
“Every person who uses canned or bottled goods needs a Combination Can Opener and Corkscrew. Housekeepers, husbands, wives, cooks, waiters and butlers, men and women who live in furnished rooms, tourists and commercial travelers will buy one some day. It is made of the best material, nicely polished and finished in two styles—Nickel Plated and Oxidized—either of which does not look out of place on the finest sideboard. Has no equal as a can opener, will pull any cork and may be used for cutting wires from necks of bottles.
Who ever before heard of an oxidized can opener ? These can openers compare favorably in appearance with oxidized silver jewelry and toilet articles.
Sample by Mail, 15c.
One Dozen by Mail, $1.40.
Dealers everywhere should send for our Illustrated Catalogue, or, when in the city, call and eqamine [sic] our good sellers.
Magic Introduction Co.,
Looks strikingly similar to the PAT APL’D FOR, can opener which we later came to discover was the 1873 Daniel Barnes patent.