From an 1891 issue of Pharmaceutical Record:
THE CLOUGH CORKSCREW AND CAPSULE COMPANY, 132 Nassau street, New York, issue an illustrated price list of vial Corkscrews and Capsules. The Wire Corkscrew Rings are made plain, and also with name in raised letters stamped on the ring with steel dies. Folding Corkscrews are made with decorated metal handles, with name printed to order on the outside, or both outside and inside. Combined Corkscrew and Time Dials are so arranged that the Corkscrews serves as a hand to designate the hour at which time medicine is to be taken. Clough’s Capsule is metal cap designed to fit over the upper portion of the cork, to facilitate the removing of the cork from the bottle. This company is prepared to quote prices on these goods in quantities up to 1000 gross.
For years, I have been on the hunt for the Combined Corkscrew and Time Dial; also known as Clough’s Medicine Dial.
On Don Bull’s site, Ron MacLean explains that in 1977 Bob Nugent found a number of them and gave them away as Christmas gifts to fellow members of the ICCA.
I was not a member of the ICCA in 1977 (I was still in grammar school), so I wasn’t one of the fortuitous recipients.
That said, yesterday a deal was struck, and a Combined Corkscrew and Time Dial is heading to the island.
Thanks for the trade RL!