From an 1889 issue of The Iron Age:
This cork-puller, which is shown in the illustrations herewith given, is the invention of E. Walker, of the Erie Specialty Mfg. Company, Erie, Pa., by whom it is manufactured. Fig. 1 represents it attached, and the corkscrew in process of insertion in the cork, while Fig. 2 shows the use of the lever by means of which the cork is extracted. From these cuts it will be seen that the machine is fastented by screws to a table or shelf, the cork being inserted by means of the handle at the top, which revolves freely and is connected directly wit hthe corkscrews.
The power is applied by a crank-and-lever movement and the point is made that all side pressure and binding of the parts is avoided, making the operation of extacting the cork easy and simple, so that a lady or a child can pull a hard cork with ease.
Fig. 3 shows the company’s special make of a screw which is used in their machine, but, being of standard thread, will fit other machines. Other points made in regard to thtis cork puller are: That it cuts the wire when pulling the cork, is not liable to break the bottle, and from its pattern and finish is attractive in appearance. The company also make a strong screw-clamp.to be used on marble and in other places where the machie is to be moved often.