From the March 24, 1919 edition of the Wichita Beacon:
Here’s a new corkscrew.
The Stopper is Pinched Instead of Being Pierced with the Spiral of Steel.
The old-time corkscrew with its steel spiral and its wooden handle has become such an established institution that it is difficult to conceive of anything different for this
Pinching Cork Puller
purpose, but there has just appeared an implement of entirely unique design so different, in fact, that nine out of ten persons would not suspect the purpose of the apparatus from a casual inspection. Somewhat the shape of a pair of pincers, the two short ends occupy a parallel relationship to each other when extend and in this position they are thrust into the top of the bottle between the cork and the glass. Then as the two handles are pressed together, the cork is grasped and compressed to such an extent that it is readily removed. This treatment of the cork is said to have the advantage that it is never broken and is always good for a further career of usefulness.
Interesting that the item is described as an article “…that nine out of ten persons would not suspect the purpose of the apparatus from a casual inspection…” as to my knowledge an example of this patented piece (Jacob W. Moser’s patent 1,286,631 of 1918) has ever been found.
Or has it, and we just didn’t know what we were looking at?
The hunt continues.
If you have a tool/cork puller that resembles the Moser patent, I would be interested in acquiring it! Drop me a line!