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CODD BOTTLE FROM GUYANA

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on October 19, 2019

 The Codd bottle with patented closure

88A Glass Codd Bottle From the Allaire Collection

 

This bottle has a cylindrical shape with a flat base and a Codd stopper inside. It is embossed with the words: Demerara Ice House, Proprietors D’Aguiar Bros and a trade mark of a hand with a heart on it. Demerara Ice House Hotel, is located in Georgetown, Guyana, and was purchased by the D’Aguiar Brothers around 1907. It is called a Codd Bottle because of this type of closure in the neck. Hiram Codd, an English engineer in 1872, patented a bottle filled under gas pressure which pushed a marble against a rubber washer in the neck, creating a perfect seal. It was mainly used for mineral effervescent water.  Mr. Codd also devised a bottle opener (not showed) to be inserted into the bottle’s neck to push the marble down to ‘open’ the drink and let the trapped gas escape. Although Codd’s opener was widely used in public settings, privately most people simply used their little finger to push the marble down.

H: 9 inches

D: 1907 or later

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  1. wynkin said, on October 19, 2019 at 5:36 am

    I understand how these bottles seal with the marble against the stopper, but how did you release the content?

    • Allaire Collection of Glass said, on October 19, 2019 at 5:05 pm

      Mr. Codd also devised a bottle opener to be inserted into the bottle’s neck to push the marble down to ‘open’ the drink and let the trapped gas escape. Although Codd’s opener was widely used in public settings, privately most people simply used their little finger to push the marble down.


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