J Eardley of Sheffield Blue Glass Soda Siphon

A mid 20th Century, blue, glass soda siphon from Sheffield. Second-hand.

What's for sale?

This is a British, mid 20th Century soda siphon in sky blue glass. It was made for everyday use in bars, restaurants and clubs, and this bright colour would have made it really stand out.

It has a smooth body in very thick glass, because they were pressurised and had a hard life. Etched on the front is a shield containing the the words:"J.F. EARDLEY LTD, ECCLESALL, MINERAL WATER WORKS, SHEFFIELD". Underneath that is "BRITISH SYPHON CO. LTD. LONDON".

The clear glass tube inside is present and intact. The all-metal top is engraved on one side "SOUTHANS LTD" and on the other "BRITISH SYPHON MFG LONDON". The tops are notoriously difficult to remove without the right tools, but this one isn't seized and can be removed by hand. 

The tops are composed of a threaded, usually lead, collar in two halves. Only a small part of the collar is visible but it needs to be held tightly while the main part with the spout is slackened off.

Siphons were used in cafes, bars and hotels around the world, particularly during the first half of the 20th century. They were reusable and had a hard life, but eventually became too expensive to use. Of course now, because of the branding and coloured glass, they're a very collectable branch of branding and advertising.

What condition is it in?

  • Second-hand
  • In very good condition
  • No major chips and no cracks
  • There is a small impact mark on the shoulder and on the rim at the bottom
  • The glass is faintly scratched all over
  • The top is pitted and worn all over
  • The trigger moves a little but assume this is non-working
  • The top can be removed
  • The inner glass tube is intact

What are the measurements?

  • 33cm high (12.5 inches)
  • 9.5cm base diameter (3.5 inches)
  • 1946 grams

If you have questions or would like more detailed pictures, just send us an email to help@3bearscottage.co.uk.

Maker
British Syphon Co. LTD
Material
metal and glass
Period
Mid 20th century (1930-1959)
Origin
Britain
Stock ID:
1310
1 in stock
£68.00

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