Syphon, Soda

A Pall Mall shaped 30 ounce lime green glass soda syphon with a clear glass internal tube. " C.O STEFFENSEN / NEW PLYMOUTH " is etched on the glass in a ornamental border surrounding the interlinked letters " C O S " . " BRITISH SYPHON Co LTD/LONDON " is etched in small lettering below this. " DEPOSIT STEFFENSENS / 5' / CORDIALS / NEW PLYMOUTH " a red sticker on the reverse side of the bottle reads. " C.O STEFFENSEN / NEW PLYMOUTH " is marked on the plated metal top." BRITISH SYPHON Co LTD LONDON " is marked on the other side of the top.

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This bottle was part of a collection amassed by Brian Bridgeman, a Taranaki butcher and metal worker. Over a thirty-year collecting career Bridgeman became something of a legend for his comprehensive collection of New Plymouth-related bottles, many of which he dug up himself. Collectors around the country would come calling for advice, to trade or to glimpse parts of his collection. Bridgeman died in 1991 much of his treasured New Plymouth collection was placed on loan at Taranaki Museum. His family was keen to keep the 228 bottles, many of which were rare and irreplaceable, together and in May 2011 Puke Ariki purchased the collection. For more information see Bottled History: The Brian Bridgeman Bottle Collection in Moffat, A. Flashback: Tales and Treasures of Taranaki. Wellington, Huia, 2012, pp.169-174. 
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