Walter Vaughan of Sparbrook, Birmingham

- The maker of siphons and corkscrews





Walther Vaughan of 134 Cattell road Birmingham was not a steel or smithy shop manufacturer when he entered the corkscrew business. In the 1888 Kelly's Directory of Birmingham he was mentioned as a siphon maker. This occupation is not common nowadays. A siphon can either be a soda or a cream siphon. Which one was Walthers' main focus is pretty much clear. Walther Vaughan focused on soda siphons. Now we understand the logic behind the corkscrew designs.

The soda siphon was invented in 1829 by two Frenchmen. Walther understood that this was a commercial idea and made arrangements for production of soda streamers in England. The actual device was attached to siphon bottles and the bottles could contain various liquids. The Vaughan factory produced siphons and other dining related articles.

 

The Vaughan company was a partnership together with a certain Edward Eite. Eite was probably more solvent that Vaughan due to his family background. Edward Eite was married twice and got in total 9 children. Altought hectic, a large number of children created respect in those days. His own company traded in the gun tool business.

 

The Vaughan company was also trading as a bottle opener company thus also making corkscrews under the name of Vaughan and Co. Thus, the making of corkscrews were part of the business. However, the company was not famous for the corkscrew productions.

 

Walther Voughan registred two English corkscrew patents. The two patents relies on the same basic principles. The corkscrews are besides a corkscrew also a wine or soda water pourer. The first has just the wooden handle and an o - ring to form the seal.  Another variant had a codd marble pusher and an o - ring to form the seal. The second patent incorporated the tube into the CS.

 

Below I show the first and the second patent, a patent not known as being manufactured. Again, the idea of the CS is to combine usage both as a CS and as a tube to poor liquid into a glas. The first patent used an external tube for the pooring liquid. The second patent incorporated the tube into the CS. The construction is obviously inadequate and the sealing will leak. Furthermore, the outblast does not have a tube. Thus, it is hard to direct the flow of liquid using the CS. This is an absolutely useless design. Voughan's second patent is very rare and is a piece of English industrial era never to be forgotten. In fact, this is the only known example.

Patent no I.

The final notice of a corkscrew manufacturer.

Published in the London Gazette 1888.

Patent no II.

The most familiar tube CS made by Coney. I have not tested it, but presumes functionality problems.

The two designs relies on a good sealing preventing leakage. However, this would be a difficult task over time. Not a good design since the sealing will leak.

Edward Eite was born 1849. He died 1910. Presumably he was the financier of the business venture. He was registred in the census as a gun tool maker.

The company was dissolved by mutual consent in February 1888 for reasons unknown. No records of any commercial business can be found after that date. I have very easy to understand the dissolvement since the corkscrew designs were so completely useless and inadequate.

 

There are no records of Walther Vaughan and his personal situation. Family records are unknown as well as his birth and disease years.

 

 

 

Sources: Census and historical information distributed by ancestry.co.uk