Warner’s Safe Cure Cork Screws

Today with the possible exception of the occasional wine bottle, we have little use for cork screws. However, before the advent of screw tops that arrived on the scene in the late 1910’s and early 1920’s, the cork screw was an essential device. Since all beverages, medicines, household products and many foods were contained in bottles sealed with corks, they required a device which could extract the cork with minimal damage. Hence, the cork screw. There are even collectors that specialize in cork screws.

Although Warner’s collectors obviously favor the bottles of H. H. Warner, they are also intrigued by items associated with those bottles. Hence, the popularity of Warner advertising and even his cork screws. It is amazing that many of these survive today since they were likely discarded after the cork was initially extracted. Those that have survived, however, are a nice little treasure.


2 thoughts on “Warner’s Safe Cure Cork Screws

  1. Hi! I have, via my mother’s estate, a Warner’s cork screw opener like that pictured in your blog it is red on the outside and yellow on the inside. It is dated July 22, 1884. Cloughs Pat. I am interest in knowing it’s value. Thank you in advance for any info you can provide.

    • Lois,

      Not sure I can put a dollar figure on the corkscrew. I have seen them sell anywhere from $20-50 depending on condition. Probably would be more valuable to someone who collects corkscrews. For Warner collectors, the corkscrews are more of a novelty item or a so-called “go-with”, similar to Warner advertising or dominoes. Most Warner collectors would like the corkscrew even more if it was still attached with a Safe Cure bottle with label and contents. The amazing thing is that any of these corkscrews survived since they would be one of the first things discarded by the purchaser of a bottle of Safe Cure. Great question, thanks.


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