The Meriden…

From an 1894 issue of The Manufacturer and Builder:

The Meriden Cork-Puller

The cork-puller shown herewith is being manufactured and introduced by Manning, Bowman & Co., of Meriden, Conn., and 57 Beekman street, New York.  To operate the deice the handle of the puller is raised so that it will rest back over the counter ; the cork of the bottle is then pressed up firmly against the barrel of the puller, while the handle is brought forward and down to the position shown in the cut.  This operation, it is explained, passes the worm through the cork, while the reverse motion of turning the handle back until the cam is on the crank rests on the lever draws the cork.  After the bottle is removed, the handle is turned still further back, which, it is stated, presses the lever down and throws off the cork, leaving the machine in position for the next bottle.  A hole in the rack, or plunger, is provided for oiling the parts, and the top of the barrel is covered with a removable cap, so that the puller may be taken apart for replacing parts that may become broken.

The Meriden Cork-Puller

The manufacturers state that the instrument is well made, and simply strong for its intended purpose, and that it is not only easy to operate, but also durable in service.

Clough Advertising Corkscrews for Clough Advertising Corkscrews

As mentioned he other day, I picked up a few corkscrews on my adventure down, and back up, the coast.

Two of the corkscrews acquired were wooden sheath Clough’s.

What is cool about them, is both carry different advertising for Clough, but they are also different sizes.

The smaller one reads:

CLOUGH
Corkscrew Company
ALTON, N. H. U. S. A.

SOLID STEEL ADVERTISING CORKSCREWS
PRINTED TO ORDER BY THE 1000
CLOUGH’S PATENTS 337,309 & 441,137

The larger one reads:

Rockwell-Clough Co.
ALTON, N.H. U.S.A.

THE CLOUGH CORKSCREW WAS THE FIRST WIRE CORKSCREW AND THE ORIGIN OF ALL THE PATENT MEDICINE CORKSCREWS NOW BY THE MILLION ALL OVER THE WORLD

And, it is clear that the smaller one is made for a smaller Clough wire corkscrew, as the thicker version wouldn’t fit. A pretty cool little pair of Cloughs.