Soda syphon, Quilter's Cordial; British Syphon Co Limited; 1907-1946; MT2015.19....


Soda syphon, Quilter's Cordial

About this object

Soda syphon; a clear glass soda syphon used for serving cordial made by T. F. Quilter of Mataura.

Thomas Francis Quilter established Quilters Cordial Factory in Mataura in c.1907 Thomas was born in Waitahuna and his first career was as a gold miner. He prospected at Waipori where he took out a patent for a hydraulic dredge. Thomas came to Mataura in the early 1900s after losing an arm while working the dredge. He opened a fruit and confectionery shop for a few years before extending the business to include the manufacture of cordials which were sold throughout Southland. The bottles were specially made for the business and bear its name. They are now collectors' items.

Thomas died in 1935 leaving a widow, 2 daughters and 5 sons. A son, John Philip continued the business until 1940 when he enlisted to serve in World War Two. Another son James, managed the business until 1946 when the business wound up due to wartime rationing of sugar.


British Syphon Co Limited

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Date Made


Place Made

UK, England, Middlesex, London

Medium and Materials

processed material, glass
processed material, metal, alloy

Inscription and Marks

Sandblasted on the bottle, in a roundel. 'T.F. QUILTER MATAURA'. Initials T.F.Q. inside the roundel.




h 300mm x dia 90mm

Subject and Association Keywords

domestic accessories

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Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.

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