“Corks, at such times, seem endowed with an amount of sagacity…”

From an 1871 issue of Scientific American

The removal of a cork from a bottle into which it has driven, is often a work of some difficulty.  The implement shown in the annexed engraving, is designed to meet this difficulty.  It is the invention of C. Rosenberry of Chicago, Ill.  It consists of a wire grapple, made of four wires twisted together to form a handle, leaving four ends projecting and hooked to seize the cork.  The hooks are made to engage the cork, by sliding a ring with a wire handle which slides through the ring of the handle of the grapple.  When in taking out the cork, the grapple meets the neck of the bottle, the latter holds it firmly to its work.

We have often, in the laboratory, felt the need of such an instrument as this, when waiting time endeavoring to ensnare a cork with a string.  Corks, at such times, seem endowed with an amount of sagacity which enables them to elude a noose almost as surely as a Sixth Ward rough in New York.  Had such an implement as this been within our reach, we have no doubt we should have been saved many a trial to a temper not the best adapted to withstand severe strains.