The Edie Cork Extractor

From an 1890 issue of The Iron Age:

The Edie Cork Extractor

The cork extractor represented in the accompanying illustration is the invention of Alexander Edie, Bridgeport, Conn., and was patented February 4 last.  Its sale is controlled by the inventor and James A. Murray of Butte City, Montana, for whom is manufactured by the Smith


& Egge Mfg. Company, Bridgeport.  The screw in the extractor is described as made of solid steel worked out in shape by tools designed for this special purpose.  There are no levers in the construction, and it is very simple in operation.  Turning the crank shown in the cut forces the screw into the cork, lifts the latter out, and frees it from the screw, permitting it to fall out of the way. If there be any wires confining the cork it is not necessary to cut them before inserting the neck of the bottle in the extractor.  They are referred to as broken when the cork is extracted by the action of the screw.  It will thus be perceived that the extraction of the cork is easily and quickly accomplished.  The extractor is referred to as symmetrical and ornamental in design and finish, and is polished and nickel plated.

The article mentions Edie as having a patent for this device… #420,572.


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