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Whilst the Codd bottle, to most non-collectors is simply a cold-drink bottle that rattles, to the enthusiast it is a thing of beauty and wonderment. Russel Harrison in his book Minerals Waters & Closures describes more than 100 patents and pictures more than 280 bottles all of which are vastly different to the standard Codd bollte which one is likely to come across.

South African diggers and collectors are hard pressed to find any local maufacturers bottles with patents other than the standard type, however the few available patents are highly prized and sought after by international collectors... a few are pictured below with more to follow in due course.
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Please note that as this is a new section (started August 2004) it will be constantly updated with regards to new patents and bottle sizes as they come to light and as they are brought to our attention... so when we say, for instance, that the Home & Colonial Shaws Patent is available only in a 10oz size, this simply means that we are not aware of any other bottles.

Acme Patent

Easily spotted by the uniquely shaped pinches which keep the marble from rolling back into the neck whilst pouring the beverage as well as the characteristic dimples, two front and rear

Not Available
Spes Bona
Johannesburg
Available only in 10oz standard
Trevenna Factory
Pretoria
Available in 10oz Hybrid
*Crystal Springs Mineral W. Factory
Johannesburg
Available in 10oz standard
Not Available

* Picture to follow once we can find one not to sick to photograph.

 
 
 
J. Delaney, De Beers South Africa's earliest? Acme patent hybrid with manually applied lugs.
 
 
 
     

Niagara Patent

Generally refered to as a patent but in fact recorded as a registered design. The Niagara bottle was very popular within the mineral water trade and often ordered by Aerated Water manufacturers in preference to many of the other well know types available. Apart from the double pinch the only other identification is The Niagara Bottle Rd 65433 on reverse.

Clifford & English
Germiston
Available in 10oz standard
* Hatherly Distillery
near Pretoria
Available in 11oz Standard

* This bottle has been photographed from the side to show the considerably thinner than normal neck. It is also far shorter than its counterpart and yet holds more fluid than the bottle on the left. A unique South African Bottle. More information will be available in due course.


Nuttalls Patent

Characterised by a thick reinforcing ring applied halfway down the lip giving a "bowler hat" effect.

* A.T. Chambers & Son
East London
Available in 10oz standard
** A.T. Chambers & Son
East London
Available in 6oz standard

* Nuttall & Co / Makers / St Helens / 3759 on back

** This bottle is very different to the one on the left in that it has United Glass Bottle / Manufacturers Ld / England and no patent number on back.


Shaws Patent

Easily identifiable by the reinforcing bars or raised sections on the neck. The patent number 6875/07 appears embossed below the rear horizontal pinch.

* Goldberg & Zeffertt
Johannesburg
Available in 6 and 10oz Hamilton
** Home & Colonial
Johannesburg
Available in 10oz size only
The Pretoria Mineral Water Factory
Pretoria
Available in 10oz standard only
*** Ziman Bros
Pretoria
Available in 10oz standard only
Ziman Bros
Pretoria
Available in 6 and 10oz Hamilton


* This bottle actually says Shaw's Patent on reverse. Made by W. M. Barnard & Sons, London

** This bottle has a double pinch with 3 vertical bars inbetween, making for a really "busy" neck!

*** This bottle has Z. BROS. P embossed around the neck in true Shaws Patent style but does NOT bear the patent registration number.

 
Egg Ended Hybrid
 
 
 
 
Possibly not a true patent but nonetheless a distictly different rounded bottom found on only 3 South African hybrids. i.e. Johannesburg Mineral Water Co, J.T. Muir, Pretoria and the Shilling aerated factory, Kimberley.