Hayward’s Cork Puller

From an 1886 issue of American Druggist; an article taken from Scientific American focusing on Hayward’s Cork Puller, and some editorializing from the editors at American Druggist.


JOHN W. HAYWARD, of St. John’s New Foundland, is the inventor of an appliance for drawing corks, which makes it easy to get a cork out of a bottle as it is to drive it in.  An ordinary cork, O, of the required size, has a piece of strong non-corrosive twine, 1, let into tis sides.  A button or shield, 5, also non-corrosive, is placed on the inner end of the cork to prevent the twine cutting through it.  A hand metal tag, 2, is secured on the twine where it is knotted, or in case a capsule is placed on the end of the piece, 4, which hangs below the capsule.

A rubber button, 3, placed on the outer end of the cork, has a hole slit through which the twine passes.   In 6 is shown the wire attached to the

bottle neck, 61 representing the hook, and 62 the manner of locking it in place.  7 gives the appearance of a bottle when corked and the twine secured on the wire hooks.  In 8, a capsule has been placed over the cork, ad the tag is seen protruding beneath its edge.  9 shows the manner of securing the twin over the wire by stretching the elastic

button, 2 and 91 the top view of the bottle when the operation is completed When the cork is driven into the bottle, the rubber button is turned over on the twine and tag, as shown in 10, to protect from injury.  The button is then reversed, one loop of the twine passed under the wire hook on one side, and by stretching the rubber button the other loops is secured on the opposite hook.  The process of unbottling is shown in our last figure. The tag is grasped, and by an upward twist the capsule is torn open.  The twine is disengaged from the wires, and, by passing the first and second fingers through the loop, the cork can be readily drawn.  This system does away with the corkscrew entirely, each cork carrying its own means of release.  It is applicable for any liquids, medicines, liquors, inks, etc., and as the corks are not injured they may be used a number of times.—Scientific American

[It is by no means necessary to resort to so intricate a device as the one just described, to accomplish the purpose of getting out a cork without the intervention of a corkscrew.  A piece of of small but strong twine is all that is essential, and two (of several) modes of using it are shown.

In Figure 2, one end of the twine having been tied about the neck of the bottle, the tine is laid across the centre of the opening, allowing a little slack towards the end that is fast (a).  The cork having a notch cut across its lower face to prevent the twine slipping, is then pushed into the neck of the bottle, and the free end of the twine (b) will serve as a means for drawing the cork out.

A second, Figure 3, which is a little more elaborate, consists in first tying a loop, a, by means of which to attach a label, or to serve for hanging the bottle up out of the way of children, etc., then tying the ends together at b, so as to encircle the neck, cutting one of the ends short, and tying the other tightly around the cork in the manner shown.  This serves not only to furnish a cork-drawer, but prevents the cork from being lost.  Either method is especially useful in case of medicine bottles for travellers.—ED. AMER. DRUGGIST.]