In hunting for historical information on corkscrews, there can be a certain level of frustration,
and then there can be a fantastic feeling of finding that missing piece of documentation. And,
with the ongoing digitization of old documents, the search that lead to a dead-end 6 years ago, or
even 6 months ago, can net out an entirely different result today. And, while persistence can lead
to a bit of frustration, there are times that persistence pays off.
The following illustrations are the images that appear in several issues of
The Iron Age: A
Review of the Hardware, Iron and Metal Trades
from 1889
however what is also included along
with wood-cut/illustrations, are detailed descriptions of each corkscrew.
With this documentation we can sure, that not only are these corkscrews James D. Frary
corkscrews, but we have a date for their manufacture as well. It seems, we have
Frary, and
Kenneth Cope’s source for the images within his book.
On Page 451 of the March 1, 1889 issue.
James D. Frary, Meriden, Conn., is putting on the market a very interesting and complete
line of Lemon Squeezers, Corkscrews and other specialties. On page 453 of this issue is
given of the Seaside Lemon Press, a new article, to the convenience and efficiency of
which attention is called. Emphasis is laid upon the fact that in Nos. 162 and 182 the
parts of the press which come in contact with the lemon-juice are lined with pure
britannia metal. The catalogue exhibits an exceptionally complete line of Corkscrews,
many of which are of new design and are combined with other tools, such as Can
Openers, Picks. &c. Other specialties are also illustrated
On page 493 of the March 28, 1889 issue
The Sullivan Cork-Puller
The illustration here with given represents a new cork-puller
put on the market by James D. Frary, Meriden, Conn., and
embodying features for which he is obtaining patents. As will
be inferred from the illustration, the corkscrew is inserted in
the cork by means of the handle at the top of the puller, when,
by raising the lever or principal handle, which, by means of the
gears attached to it, is connected with the rack to which the
corkscrew is attached, the cork is easily extracted. It will be
seen that the cork-puller has a clamp attachment for fastening
it to the counter of shelf. The screw is described as made of the
best cast steel, hardened and tempered.
This puller is made in two styles, ornamented in Berlin bronze and nickel-plated. The simplicity
and strength of its construction, its ornamental appearance and the efficiency of its working are