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Object ID # 1992.065.001
Object Name Bottle, Seltzer
Title TAYLOR & PRINGLE Soda Water Siphon Bottle
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date Early 20th-century?
Year Range from 1886
Year Range to 1911
Artist Durato T, Paris, France
Made Durato T
Place of Origin France
Description An example of a TAYLOR & PRINGLE soda water siphon bottle. This bottle has an etched (frosted) design on one side only, which has the Taylor & Pringle logo, consisting of an encircled, entwined "T & P", and the wording "TAYLOR & PRINGLE TRADEMARK REGISTERED OWEN SOUND". The base is rounded. The underside of the base is blank (no glassmaker's identification). Visible in the interior is a clear glass siphon straw. The top closure is pewter and has impress-stamped wording: "TAYLOR & PRINGLE / OWEN SOUND" "Made in France Durato T Paris 9". The bottle's glass appears seamless.

Makers mark pewter has impress-stamped wording:
"TAYLOR & PRINGLE / OWEN SOUND" "Made in France Durato T Paris 9"
Provenance Manufactured at Paris, France, by the Durato T glass factory, for the Owen Sound bottling company known as Taylor & Pringle. The The bottle would have been used and returned to the Taylor & Pringle company for refilling. It is not known who kept the item after T&P closed.

Collection Bottles & Equipment, 20th-c Collection
Material Glass/Metal/Pewter
Dimensions H-11.811 Dia-3.622 inches
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Taylor, William
Taylor, William Humphrey
Pringle, John Corbet
Subjects Owen Sound Industry
Owen Sound Industries
Bottling Companies
Bottling industry
Soda industry
Search Terms Taylor & Pringle
Owen Sound Industries and Products
Function Siphon bottles were containers used for dispensing carbonated fluid, usually for beverages. This one was manufactured in France, for an Owen Sound, Ontario bottling company.

Similar siphon bottles are illustrated in a reference book. "The siphon for carbonated beverages was first known in the form of the "Regency Portable Fountain" patented in 1825 by Charles Plinth...Hotels and bar rooms had the siphon handy...Since most were acid-etched with the names of the users, very interesting collections can be made." [Unitt]
Unitt, Doris & Peter, BOTTLES IN CANADA, 1972, p. 76.

Sometimes they are called seltzer bottles as well.