From an 1894 issue of Hardware Merchandising:
IT PULLS CORKS WITH DESPATCH.
In the march of invention the indispensable cork puller has not been forgotten. One of the latest developments of the kind on the market is the “Rapid,” which is handled by M. & L Samuel, Benjamin & Co. The accompanying cut conveys a good idea of its construction. The reasons advanced by the manufactures to justify their claim that it is the best cork puller extant are these—
It is the simplest and cheapest machine on the market ; in pulling corks you can never break a bottle, as the strain is on the strongest part of the bottle ; you can cut the wires and pull the cork out of any bottle with one small movement of the hand ; is much smaller and therefore takes less room than any other machine of the kind ; the parts of these machines are interchangeable, so that in case of breakage of any part can be replaced without returning the entire machine to the factory. The puller, prior to being operated, is screwed to a table. The cork of the bottle is placed directly against the under part of the body of the puller, and the bottle is held firmly until the screw enters the cork. Then the lever is pushed down quickly until it hangs straight with the body of the puller. This action cuts the wire and removed the cork which on throwing back the handle drops from the screw.
For those wondering, this would be the Harry J. Williams patented bar mount corkscrew (US. patent # 450,957) of April 21, 1891.