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Object ID # 2011.051.021abc
Object Name Bottle, Vacuum
Title Small THERMOS Vacuum Bottle
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date 20th-century
Made Thermos Bottle Co. Ltd.
Place of Origin Toronto, Ontario
Description Small THERMOS vacuum bottle (vacuum flask). The underside of the base is embossed with: "THERMOS BOTTLE CO. LIMITED TORONTO CANADA " and "GENUINE THERMOS REG. TRADE MARK 17 1/2 VACUUM BOTTLE". The item consists of the bottle (a), the cork stopper (b), and the screw-on lid and cup (c). It is 6.8 cm in diameter and 20.5 cm high overall. The exterior has a finely-textured black finish on the cylindrical metal area, while the rest is aluminum or silvertone-plated. The glass of the interior has a shiny, pinkish colouration.
Makers mark The underside of the base is embossed with: "THERMOS BOTTLE CO. LIMITED TORONTO CANADA " and "GENUINE THERMOS REG. TRADE MARK 17 1/2 VACUUM BOTTLE". [bottle is actually only 8 inches high though]
Provenance Manufactured by the Thermos Bottle Company Limited, in Toronto. The brand began in 1904, as Thermos GmbH. In 1907, it was sold to three companies: The American Thermos Bottle Company of Brooklyn, the Thermos Limited company of Tottenham, England, and the Canadian Thermos Bottle Company Limited of Montreal. Dates to the 20th-century.

Violet Toms (née Krause) could not remember when this item was acquired. It was likely first owned by Cecil Toms' parents. It then belonged to Cecil Toms of Owen Sound, Grey County, whose family farmed in Sydenham Township for many years. He was married to Violet Toms of Williamsford, Grey County. In the 1930s, he owned and operated Toms' Garage and Service Station in Owen Sound.

Last owned by David Toms of Owen Sound.
Collection Food Service Tools & Equipment
Material Aluminum/Glass/Black finish/Cork
Dimensions H-20.5 Dia-6.8 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Toms, Cecil
Toms, Violet
Subjects Picnics
Bottles
Function A vacuum bottle designed for portability. It was used to maintain the temperature of hot or cold beverages. The screw-on cap also acts as a non-breakable drinking cup. Used as part of a picnic set around 1910.