From an issue of American Stationer
There is always more or less difficulty in getting corks out of bottles. Many a knife has been broken and still the cork moved not. A patent cork puller has been brought out which overcomes all these troubles and saves the cork besides.
HAM’S PATENT CORK PULLER.
The accompanying illustration shows what it is. To work it insert the blades between the bottle and cork, rock it forward and back until a firm grip is secured, then turn and pull gently. It never fails to work, and saves both bottle and cork for future usefulness. The retail price is 10 cents, and the New York News Company will supply the trade.
As the article explains, this is, “Ham’s Patent Cork Puller.” That would be Herbert H. Hamm and his patent for a cork-extractor (#702,001) awarded June 10, 1902.
And, Triple H explains in his patent description:
“In a cork-extractor, the combination of a resilient bow or fork, a hollow handle embodying a plurality of open-ended hollow parts, the said open-ended hollow parts being adapted for engagement with each other, one of the said hollow parts being slotted to receive the arms of the bow or fork adapted to be alternately contained within the said handle and to be fitted therein to extend from the said handle, the middle portion of the bow being adapted to form a bearing against the interior of the hollow handle, substantially as described.”
While I have yet to find a Herbert H. Ham patent, and not for a lack of looking, there have been a couple found–and when found (see O’Leary page 117) they are marked “PAT APPL’D FOR.”
If you happen to have one, I would love to add it to the collection.