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Civil War era "Torpedo" Bottle

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This is a 19th century soda bottle, which is sometimes referred to as a "torpedo" bottle because of its shape. It is aqua-colored and measures 9" x 3" and has a crude applied lip. The torpedo or "egg" bottle was patented in 1809 by William Hamilton of Dublin. These bottles have a round end to prevent them from being stood up. The idea was that the soda kept in contact with the cork and stopped the cork from shrinking; the corks would dry up and shrink on upright bottles, causing the bottle to loose pressure. 

A side advantage for the merchant or sutler was that the consumer had to finish the beverage before the bottle could be laid down. These bottles are known as "Hamiltons" in the United Kingdom, named after their inventor Paul Hamilton. This bottle is a real beauty, showing all the characteristics of early glass, with the crudeness and air bubbles. There is a similar example of this bottle found in a Confederate camp in Virginia and is in The Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia, by Francis Lord.

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