Double gourd soda siphon bottle

Maker
Veritable Seltzogene D. Fevre, Marou Depose
Production date
1880-1920
Description
The base of this double gourd siphon bottle reads ‘D.Fevre Patent Paris and London’. Likely made in France, the blown glass, pewter, and metal siphon, or seltzogene, was designed to keep aerated beverages from going flat. The pewter pump dispenser at the top includes a leaver to release liquid. While soda water could be served on its own, it was also popular to purchase pure fruit cordials which could be mixed with the soda water to create a delicious, refreshing, aerated drink.

While this example is encased in metal mesh, some examples of these siphons were wrapped in wickerwork. This brand of siphon was available for purchase in New Zealand at the turn of the twentieth century.
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Production date
1880-1920
Media/Materials
Glass bottle, metal mesh, pewter
Measurements
height 410mm; globes dia. 515mm and 395mm
Production place
Department collection type
Credit line
Waikato Historical Society Collection
Courtesy of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
Accession number
1964/157/7

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