The Virtual Corkscrew Museum's Daily Newspaper
Saturday, June 7, 2003
Clough Wired Again
Brooklyn, New York, June 7, 1881 - In April of 1875, William Rockwell Clough got a patent for a small twisted wire corkscrew designed for removing corks from medicine bottles and the like. Now he has expanded on the original patent. Clough notes that the original design "while answering admirably the many purposes for which it was constructed, is objectionable in that the handle being made of light wire, and generally only large enough to receive one finger, cuts or bruises the flesh, especially when the cork fits tightly in the mouth of the bottle." He addresses this concern by flattening the top of the handle and in so doing, benefits by making a space where the name of the contents of a bottle can be stamped.
For his latest invention, Clough has been granted United States Patent Number 242,602.
Wirtz, Virginia - For more information on Clough, see the book William Rockwell Clough Inventor and Manufacturer of over a Billion Corkscrews by Ron MacLean and Bob Nugent. The book has been published online in The Virtual Corkscrew Museum at http://www.bullworks.net/clough/book.htm.
Wirtz, Virginia - Another reminder that June is National Fishing Month.
©2003 Don Bull, Editor