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EARLIEST "CROWN TOP" SODA BOTTLES 1892 - 1900

SODABOB

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1894 Canadian Crown Cork Bottle

Edward L. Drewry
E. L. Drewry



This is the earliest Canadian Crown Cork ad I can find - and might be of interest to Canadian collectors. I have found lots of Drewry bottles, but not sure how to date them. Some of them are amber colored with the name embossed in what is typically called a slug-plate - and others are aqua colored with a lot of embossing, such as the one in the attached snippet. I don't know how accurate the 11-B information is, but there is an example of one currently on eBay. There are also a couple of the amber slug-plate bottles currently on eBay. Plus a couple of the aqua bottles that are embossed with 06 and 08. They also used stoneware bottles - which I don't know how to date either. Apparently the company was established in 1877, and also used some ACL bottles in the 1940s or later. If anyone has one, or knows how to date their 1894 Crown Cork bottles, please share it with us.


1894 Ad

Crown Cork Canada_Manitoba_Morning_Free_Press_Mon__Feb_26__1894.jpg


Crown Cork Drewry Bottle 1911.jpg


Crown Cork Canada_Drewry_The_Winnipeg_Tribune_Canada_Thu__May_28__1891_.jpg


Crown Cork Canada Edward L Drewry.jpg


Drewry Stoneware Bottle Date Unknown.jpg


Drewry Bottle Amber Slug Plate.jpg


Drewry Crown Cork Canada Aqua Bottle.jpg


Drewry ACL Bottle Front and Back.jpg
 
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SODABOB

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embe

Thanks - Sometimes my efforts pay off and sometimes they don't. As you will see in my next post, they might have paid off handsomely.

Bob
 
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SODABOB

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Here are two early ones that I have. The first one has "The non corkable patent bottle" embossed with the name of the company. It has 4 pieces of glass that are inside the lip of the bottle.

The second one has a seam that sticks out about 1/16" and then disappears.
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Hey, Brent

You might have a 1892-1893 bottle and not even know it. I can't say for certain if this particular patent is directly related to your Non-Corkable bottle, but if it isn't, it's pretty dang close. Notice it was first filed on May 16, 1892 - which was only three months after William Painter was granted the patent for his Crown closure on February 2, 1892. This is another example where more research is needed, and hopefully determine the exact date for your bottle. In other words, it could turn out that your Non-Corkable bottle is the earliest known Crown-top bottle.

Here's the link to the original patent - where I found the attached images. Compare it to your bottle.

https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/6e/70/61/718028d6b775e4/US491198.pdf

Non Corkable Bottle Patent 1892 1893.jpg


Non Corkable Bottle Patent 1892 1893 Cropped.jpg


Coincidence or Connection?

Non Corkable Bottle BrentC Forum 2020 Closeup.jpg
 

BrentC

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That is crazy. I think it looks like the enlarged detail above. Thank you for doing the research on this bottle.

Brent
 

SODABOB

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Brent

You're welcome. Could you please post another photo showing the entire bottle with the embossing on the front. This is the only one you posted of the entire bottle. Now we need to try and find another example similar to it that can be dated - which I am currently focusing on. Just for the record, the following applies to the Alexander Straus patent ...

Patent Number = 491,198
Filed = May 16, 1892
Granted = February 7, 1893
Note: Some bottles were produced before they were granted a patent.


In Search of ...

Non Corkable Bottle BrentC Forum 2020.jpg
 

SODABOB

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Perfecto - Thank you. Your attachments even work with the double-triple-clicking for closeups. By the way, are there any unseen symbols, numbers, or letters embossed on the bottle?
 

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