James Terry Bottle Stoppers (1)

U.S. Patent Numbers: 320,098                       Patented: June 16, 1885

James Terry’s patent application was filed February 20, 1885 and specified:

I, James Terry...of HartfordConnecticut, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Removable Internal Bottle-Stoppers, of which…

Figure 1 is a sectional view of my bottle-stopper, partly in elevation.  Fig. 2 is a plan view of the packing-disk and its hub.  Figs. 3 and 4 are like views of the same, of slightly modified forms; and Fig. 5 is a sectional view, partly in elevation, of my stopper, showing a modified construction of the packing-disk and its hub…

In placing the stopper into the bottle, the free end of the stop-wire A will press against the upper end of the hub and push the packing-disk a through the neck of the bottle.

In order to remove the stopper, it is only necessary to insert a proper tool into the mouth of the bottle and grasp the hub by the flange b.  Then pull the stopper out of the bottle.  In doing so the packing-disk and its hub first slide upward on the straight part of the wire A, after which the pressure-head B is so far removed from the packing-disk a that the latter may bend downward into a sort of funnel shape as it strikes the neck of the bottle, and thereby reduce its diameter sufficiently to let it out of the bottle…

My stopper cannot be removed by meddlers or others without proper appliances for entering the neck of the bottle and lifting the packing-disk, thereby insuring a return of the stoppers with the bottles when the latter are returned to the bottlers.


This is the first of three closely-related patents filed by James Terry.  This one illustrates the similarity of his stoppers to Charles G. Hutchinson’s, and also shows his desire that his bottles be returned with stoppers intact.  His next two patents provide details about the “proper appliances” needed to remove his stoppers.  It is unknown whether or not Terry achieved any success at marketing his stoppers.