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1862 London Exhibition: Catalogue: Class VIII.: R. H. Macord

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Bottling Apparatus
Bottle Washing Machine
Improved Corking Machine
Corking Machine

1922. MACORD, R. H., 63 Lower Thames Street.

Machines, tools, and utensils used for bottling wine, spirits, beer, etc.


This apparatus is far superior to the original "Masterman's Patent," and is the best in use. Its advantages are —1st: That being made entirely of metals, it is much more durable, and less likely to get out of order. 2dly: The cistern has two pinions, connected by a shaft, and two slides fixed to it, which are worked in the racks on the upright iron pillars by means of a lever handle, and thus raised or lowered with perfect ease, being kept level all the time (a great recommendation). It is also fitted with a tap at bottom, by means of which it may be thoroughly cleaned without removing. The syphons are fitted to the cistern with hinge joints; and, one pin forming the centre for all, they may be removed and replaced without any unscrewing or screwing; they are also made so that one set will answer both for pint and quart bottles.


This machine having been extensively used in the trade, is recommended with confidence as the best and quickest mode of cleaning bottles; it is simple, portable, and effective thoroughly cleaning all bottles without the aid of soot or grit; it requires no fixing, and is very durable.


The principle of this corking machine is, to force the cork into the bottle through a conical tube in contact with its mouth in such a position, as to form one continuous tube with its neck, and having the lower orifice so small, that the cork must be considerably compressed and compacted in passing through it. As the corks are impelled into the bottles by a lever, it must be evident, from the above principle, that all jarring against or even pressure on the bottles is avoided; the consequence, as experience has proved, is that no breakage takes place, provided the bottles be sound, and mere ordinary care be taken. Another advantage is, that the bottles can be much tighter corked than by the common method; so much so as to preclude the necessity of wiring them. The machine is portable, and constructed principally of iron.


This form of machine is in general use throughout the bottling trade; it is used with a leathern boot strapped on to the knee; and the bottle being held therein, the cork, after being sufficiently compressed by the machine, is driven into the bottle with a bard-wood driver.

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