From the February 3, 1907 issue of The Houston Post
TO REMOVE CORKS
Combination Stopper Extractor, Cork-screw and Pocketknife
Ever since the crown cork has been in use there has been a demand for a conveniently carried appliance with which to open it. To fulfill the want there has recently been invented by a Philadelphia man a combination stopper extractor, corkscrew and pocketknife. Its man varied uses are shown in the accompanying illustration. In endeavoring to remove the crimped metal corks with table knives of other articles injuries to the hands or fingers often result. The pocketknife portion of the implement consists of one blade. For extracting ordinary corks a common corkscrew is provided. One part of the device can also be used to open bottles having the enameled stopper, with wire to close it. The greatest usefulness is in the ease with which the patent stoppers at present in use can quickly be removed. The device
HAS MANY USES
is just as convenient to carry in the pocket and as compact as the ordinary pocketknife, while its operation is simplicity itself.
And, who was this man from Philadelphia that came up with this stopper extractor? That would be Frank Paul Nobis, whose was awarded patent number 825,929 on July 17, 1906 (some three years after his filing).
The F.P. Nobis a tough corkscrew to find, and only a few have turned up. Fortunately, one that recently found its way into TWJ’s hands, will soon be added to our collection.
An advertising piece for the “American Cork and Seal Co.” I had to trade away a few good things to get it, but it will be a nice addition to the American corkscrew patent collection, and very well could make the best 6 for the year.
Thanks for the trade Tipped Worm Johnny!