Takes the Corkscrew’s Place

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From the January 13, 1905 edition of The Atlanta Constitution


Takes the Corkscrew’s Place

The trick of removing the cork from a bottle with the aid of two penknife blades is one which is familiar to almost every one. In the absence of a corkscrew, the blades are inserted into the mouth of the bottle between the cork and the inner surface of the bottle neck. The two blades occupy opposite positions, and then by giving each a twist the cork can generally be lifted out. This method is probably not more popular, for the reason that it sometimes results disastrously to the knives, for in the hands of an awkward person, it is an easy thing to break them.



A recent inventor has, however, utilized this principle for a cork extractor, which sis shown in the accompanying cut. It will be readily seen how the two prongs can take the place of the knife blades. It is said that it is only necessary to thrust these points between the cork and the bottle, and then to withdraw them again and the cork will follow them.

When I run across old newspaper articles about corkscrew, there are times when I wonder if they were just illustrations taken from the patent office, or if they ended up being produced.

As mentioned in previous entries in this blog, there are times when the corkscrew, cork puller, cork extractor in question, at least as far as we know, was either never produced, or simply has yet to be found.

Of course, it could also very well be, that the corkscrew wasn’t produced as illustrated, but was indeed manufactured with changes from the patent drawing.

While were visiting John and Martha in Hana, John showed me pictures of a piece that Ian Hunter had found, and it operates on the similar premise as Chauncey. M King 1909 patent as illustrated in the “corkscrew has rival” entry.


The difference, is that Ian’s example has a wooden handle.  He sent photos a couple of weeks ago.  No markings, but the inwardly turned prongs look similar to Chauncey’s. Could it be that in manufacturing they realized that using the hinged handle, one couldn’t get enough grip?

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What do you all think?  Is this a new patent discovery? Could this be the Chauncey King patent of 1909?


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