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Green glass torpedo bottle. Has damage to the pointy end. No stopper and no markings. Torpedo bottles were also called Hamilton bottles (named after their inventor William Francis Hamilton). He was an englishman who was granted patents in 1809 and 1814 for an orvate shaped bottle.Torpedo bottle held double or triple carbonated soda water. The shape of the bottle meant it had to be laid on it's side, keeping the contents in contact with the cork. This kept the cork wet and swelled and prevented loss of carbonation. Any airspace was at the side, (which was now the top) of the bottle.
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Last modified on: December 19, 2014