From the August 2, 1876 issue of the Steuben Republican (Angola, Indiana).
Israel Kemery, Esq., of this place, has invented and is about to have patented, a very ingenious device for extracting corks from bottles. The model we saw was rather a rude affair, yet showed at once the utility as well as simplicity of an article long needed, and one which will very certainly be brought to great use. Mr. Kemery will, by this little instrument, meet the wants of many a poor and unfortunate who finds he has too short a hold on some choicest blessings of life. Call Kemery’s harness shop, south-east corner of public square, or at Blass & Aldrich’s clothing store, where can be seen and explained the operation of Kemery’s new cork puller. Mr. George Blass is to be the principal agent for the sale of territory. It will be best for you to take your own bottle along.
Kemery is about to have a patented cork puller? I searched Google Patents…nothing. I went to the waaaay back of O’Leary where there is an index of patentees:
Nope, no Kemery listed.
According to the article, there was an example/model made and demonstrated.
What did Kemery come up with in 1876? Was he ever granted a patent, that we don’t know about?
Let the hunt begin?