Hutchinson Stopper Extractors

Although W. H. Hutchinson & Son’s 1889 Bottlers Supplies catalog advertised “The bottles can be easily and quickly washed without removing the Stoppers,” it also mentioned “We have invented a tool for removing the Stoppers from bottles, so that if you put them into your bottles and afterward desire to take them out, you can do so with little trouble…Price $1.50.”  The illustrated extraction tool that the 1889 catalog referred to appears to be an improved version of No. 238,958, a “Tool for Removing Rubber Disks from Internal Bottle Stoppers,” patented March 15, 1881 by Richard Otten of Chicago, with a half interest assigned to Charles G. Hutchinson.

Here are the application illustrations and a portion of the accompanying specifications from the August 12, 1880 patent:

A large class of bottle-stoppers contain a rubber disk or valve confined between metallic disks on or near the lower end of a stem, the lower of the metallic disks being the larger, so that the stopper may be easily arranged in the neck of the bottle, but prevented from being withdrawn except by being wholly pushed into the bottle and turned over or reversed in position.  These rubber disks or valves frequently become worn or injured, while the remaining part of the stopper continues perfect, and hence it is often desirable to remove the old rubber disk or valve and apply a new one…The object of my invention is to furnish a simple and convenient tool whereby the rubber disk or valve may be removed with facility from the class of stoppers referred to while the stopper is in its proper position in the neck of the bottle…

I insert it into the neck of the bottle and arrange the end of the hook against the under side of the disk or valve C, and then push the slide H down firmly against the upper side of the said disk, as indicated in Fig. 1.  The slide H may be very easily manipulated and controlled by placing the thumb on the part I while the tool is thus applied to the disk or valve C the latter, as will be perceived, will be very firm grasped or seized near its edge, and a quick or sudden jerk or twitch will draw the disk or valve from between the metallic disks on the stem.  The valve may then be entirely withdrawn with ease, after which the remaining part of the stopper may be drawn up out of the neck of the bottle with facility.

The W. H. Hutchinson and Son 1908 Bottler’s Book included the same illustration accompanying “Hutchinson Stopper Extractor No. 1…Price each $1.25.”  Another option from the same catalog was the:

Bulis Patent Automatic Stopper Extractor

For removing old stoppers from bottles.  The Extractors have round wooden handles, but not shown in cuts.  Illustrating how to detach the old rubber so as to extract the stopper without bending the wire.  Price each $1.25.

For those instances where bottlers wanted to remove and not salvage an old Hutchinson Patent Spring Stopper, the 1910 W. H. Hutchinson and Son Bottlers’ Supplies catalog offered: