From an 1862 issue issue of The Post Office London Directory:
PATENT PRESTO AND DESPATCH CORKSCREWS.
The old process of Drawing Corks by ordinary Corkscrews is entirely obviated in the construction and novel action of the “ Presto and Despatch Corkscrews.” Their superiority will at once be seen and their use understood by the following instructions, vis –Pull the screw A out to its full extent, and then insert the point of the worm into the Centre of the Cork, and by slight pressure (without turning the hand) it will immediately penetrate the Cork ; this being effected, then proceed to draw it. To remove the Cork from the worm raise the Button B, or the spring C, then slightly pull the Cork, which will instantly be released.
The principle on which these two Corkscrews are constructed is the same, excepting the mode of securing the screw, which is effected in the “ Despatch ‘ by a spring fixed to the end of the barrel, and in the “ Presto “ at one end of the handle, both producing the same result. The screw A should occasionally be oiled. The screw being made of solid brass, and the steel worm electroed, it will not rust.
CHARLES HULL, 101, HENTRY ST., BIRMINGHAM,
AND MAY BE HAD OF ALL
MERCHANTS, FACTORS, IRONMONGERS, and CUTLERS
Sample, of a Book of Drawings, may be had on application