Glass, torpedo bottle; unknown maker; 1840-1870; RX.1975.18
Glass, torpedo bottleAbout this object
This glass bottle was found on the property of L Henderson, Coal Creek and donated to the museum in 1975 by Miss I Henderson of Roslyn, Dunedin.
(Following information from the Te Papa Museum site NZ)
Torpedo bottles, also known as Hamilton bottles, were used for aerated or carbonated water. They were oval shaped with a neck at one end, and were deliberately designed so that they could not be stored upright. The goal was to keep the cork wet so that it did not dry out and crack, thereby releasing the carbonation. Torpedo bottles were in common use from the 1840s to the 1870s, when they were superseded by the Codd bottle.
Carbonated water was first produced in New Zealand in 1845, and by the end of the century there were aerated water factories in towns and cities across the country. As an article printed in the Star in March 1881 explained, aerated water was produced by 'impregnating' pure water with carbonic acid gas under heavy pressure.
processed material, glassInscription and Marks
h 230mm x diam 70mm
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