From an 1895 issue of Hardware, devoted to the American hardware trade
A Modern Cork Puller.
The Meriden Malleable Iron Co., Meriden, Conn., who are well known as manufacturers of Cork Pullers, have introduced with great success the attractive and excellent article here shown. It is the Infanta No. 8, patented January 1st 1895. All its parts are made from malleable iron and steel, and are described as having sufficient strength to stand any strain from ordinary use, thereby overcoming all liability of breakage. In reference to its particular mission, the company would say: “There has been for some years a demand for a reliable Cork Puller of convenient size for family use at a reasonable price, and the Infanta has been carefully constructed to meet that want. The size and strength is all that could be desired and at the same time it works so perfectly that any cork can easily be removed, even by a child.” A better idea of its usefulness can be gained by a glance at the intructions appended for its operation: “With
the machine in position as shown in the cut, turn handle to the right until the cork screw has entered the cork, and the elevating screw has drawn the cork from the bottle. Then turn to the left until the top washer on the elevating screw is locked against the top of the body, and the handle is at the highest point with the cork screw inside of the elevating screw, as shown in the cut. The cork will then have dropped off and the machine is ready for use again. In case a screw breaks or is worn out, it can be easily removed from the spindle with pliers, and a new one screwed in.” Among the other articles made by the company are their Rapid Cork Puller and Rapid Lemon Squeezers, designed for use in hotels, restaurants, drug stores, clubs, bars, families, etc. Full information as to the above goods, with prices, will be gladly sent by the manufacturers, upon application.