Bottle; Thomson & Co; 19th century; CT77.550b

Name/Title

Bottle

About this object

Bottle; a pale green glass soda bottle. The neck is pinched with a glass marble inside. Embossed around the body: "Thomson & Co, Crystal Springs, Purity Trade Mark, Registered, Mineral Water Works Dunedin". Bubbles in the glass suggest it was made before 1900.

This kind of bottle was invented specifically for carbonated drinks. It was designed to enclose a marble and rubber washer in the neck, the bottles were filled upside down and the pressure of the gas in the bottle forced the marble against the washer, sealing in the carbonation. The neck was pinched, to provide a chamber into which the marble was pushed to open the bottle.

Maker

Thomson & Co

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

19th century

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Otago, Dunedin

Medium and Materials

processed material, glass.

Inscription and Marks

Embossed around the body: 'THOMSON & CO / CRYSTAL SPRINGS / TRADE PURITY MARK / REGISTERED / MINERAL WATER WORKS / DUNEDIN'

Measurements

h 238mm x di 60mm

Subject and Association Keywords

technology, manufactures, packaging

Subject and Association Keywords

manners and customs, customs relative to private life

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"

Object Type

Container

Object number

CT77.550b

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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