Right now at Shore Public Library (man are we ever lucky to have this wonderful library here in the Blue Mountains) we have a display of Art Deco glass seltzer or siphon bottles.
These attractive and colourful bottles from the early 20th century come from all over North America, including examples from New Orleans, New York, London England, and from closer to home with a bottle from Mount Forest Ontario. Often they have the name of a retailer, apothecary, or bottler with etched decoration.
These bottles come in a range of colours from clear glass, to turquoise, to peach.
They make a stunning display against a window or a backlight. Try grouping them on a tea trolley, of which every North American family seems to have at least one. The Art Deco version of the Mad Men cocktail cart.
Many people collect cobalt blue decorated merchant jugs from as many 19th century towns as possible. Others collect milk bottles from Canadian dairies. These beautiful glass seltzer bottles will appeal to collectors for similar reasons but the colours available may win you over. The colours and the shapes are evocative of the Art Deco era. They are functional dispensers if you wish as well.
The tops are made of pewter, nickel silver or bakelite. We have one seltzer bottle in beautiful copper.
The bottles range in price from $40.00, to some at $200.00.
If you don’t get to see them at the library, then please come and see them at the shop. They are part of a large and eclectic collection from a very interesting man.