From the December 17, 1915 edition of the Wichita Beacon
New Style of Corkscrew
Double-handled Device Which Extracts the Stopper without Breaking it.
A cork puller which is designed especially for particularly stubborn corks, and where it is especially desired to perform the extracting operation without allowing particles of cork t fall into the bottle or vessel,
DOUBLE-HANDLED CORK SCREW
has been recently patented and is shown in the accompanying illustration. The new implement consists of a pair of aligned blades pivotally mounted with inclining serrations which are inserted in the cork in the usual manner and when the two handles of the blades are grasped the blades are separated slightly causing them to take a firm hold on the cork when the latter may be withdrawn completely.
And, in the Februrary 1, 1918 edition of the Evening World
The corkscrew has at last found a rival in the cork-puller, invented by a San Franciscan. Two thin scissor-like Blades, having upwardly inclined serrations are thrust into the cork body, says Popular Science Monthly. When you close the handles the serrated members open in wedge-shape and the cork can be pulled instantly. The inclined teeth draw the sides of the cork inward, making it smaller than the bottle mouth, so that it is easily drawn out. The puller can be easily withdrawn by again separating the handles. It leaves only a small hole.
Both news articles are describing the John Sheridan patent of September 18, 1917 (# 1,240,610).
Has anyone ever found one of these? If yes, please send a picture!
Or, better yet, send the cork puller itself!