Antique English Double Globe Gourd Seltzogene Seltzer Soda Siphon Syphon Bottle 21"


$425.00

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Description

Rare antique Standard English Seltzogene by the British Syphon Manufacturing Company; filled with blue tinted water by a previous owner. This bottle is likely to date to the late 1800's and sports an art nouveau, double globe/gourd design. The gourd shape had a purpose, the top section was used for Tartaric Acid and Bicarbonate of soda (which reacted to create Carbon Dioxide), while the bottom section was used for water or other substances which needed to be made sparkling. The resultant gas would then force the water up through the glass tube attached to the nozzle. Many of these bottles originated in France, though this example has an English inscription which may indicate a slightly later date. The body of such bottles were originally fitted with metal netting and has a pewter spout which bears the inscribed hallmark of the manufacturer. The metal netting was fitted to prevent glass from dispersing in case of an explosion which occasionally happened with such bottles.

Condition

Good Overall - Spots/gentle wear; tarnish/oxidation to top; see pictures

Dimensions

8.5” x 20.5” (Diameter x Height)