Lifting shallow mustard bottle corks…

From a 1908 issue of Home Furnishing Review

The “Best” Can Opener and Cap Remover

This Tool is a most complete kitchen necessity, is made of steel, and is highly finished. The blades are of crucible tool steel, carefully tempered and the instrument

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includes five tools in one. It is a can opener and cork puller, and has in addition a fixed tongue, which is exceedingly handy in removing crown caps, lifting mil bottle seals without spilling milk, and extracting small, flat corks from condiment bottles in the manner shown in the illustration. It is a very handy tool and one that will fine almost every day use in the household. This is one of the many specialties made by the W. G. Browne Manufacturing Company, Kingston New York

When the Bird patent turns up, it is marked “PATS 3-28-07 & PENDING.”  and “THE BEST / CAN OPENER / CAP REMOVER / BOTTLE OPENER”

Of course, this particular can opener from W.G. Browne, is the 1909 Benjamin J. Bird patent # 913,191.  The ’07 patent refers to Bird’s previous patent # 854,979 (Thanks Mark Woodard for the information!).

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I am on currently hunting the Bird, if you happen to have one!

Interesting to note that one of the Bird’s appendages was intended to open condiment bottle corks!!

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