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Powell & Rickett Codd Neck Bottle (c.1880s)


Codd Neck bottle by Powell & Rickett, Bristol, England, c.1880s. Clear glass with a blue-green tint. Glass marble in top chamber of bottle. Marked "Bawden" and "Ilfracombe" Some of the original rubber is inside.

The odd shape of the Codd neck bottle allowed carbonated drinks to be sealed with a glass marble that was vacuum sealed against a rubber seal at the top of the bottle. 

A device like a bottle stopper was pressed into the bottle until the pressure made a hissing "Pop!" sound. This is where we get the term "soda pop." Codd invented this method of sealing carbonated drinks in 1872. The marbles were often collected by kids. A popular Japanese drink Ramune uses this method of sealing their drinks today.

Powell & Ricketts made bottles like this through the 19th century to 1907. We believe this bottle in particular to be from around the 1880s. 

In very good condition. Remnants of the original rubber seal is on the bottom of bottle, but not all of it is still there. Many large bubbles in the glass and a chip along the seam that seems smooth as it is part of the original manufacturing, but no chips or cracks as far as we can tell.

Measures 9 1/2 inches in height and 2 1/2 in diameter at its widest point, and weighs 1 lb. 7 oz.


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