Seltzer Bottles & Soda Syphons: A Spritz of Vintage Style

They say a real glass of seltzer is so bubbly,
it hurts when you drink it. Now, I’m an enthusiast, but I’ve never been honored
with a glass that good. Seltzer bottles are extremely collectable these days and they
come in many different shapes and sizes. This one is from the 1920s. It cost twenty-five
dollars at a vintage shop outside of Boston. What really appeals to me about it is the
metal crosshatching on the outside and this bright red fill line, but you can go in a
completely different direction with a beautiful colored glass. The origins of carbonating
beverages date back to the late eighteenth-century, but they came into strong popularity from
the mid-nineteenth-century forward. Soda syphons, or seltzer bottles, were generally manufactured
in Eastern Europe, with business booming in the 1920s and 30s, but many of the factories
were shuttered, if not destroyed, in World War II and so you saw fewer of these bottles
getting made. The way these were used is you would put a CO2 cartridge on the back here
and then you’d pull the trigger there to actually dispense the seltzer. These bottles,
like this one for example, I probably wouldn’t use. It’s a little dirty inside. Plus it
can be a little bit difficult to take these apart. I haven’t disassembled this valve
and this bottle to clean the interior since I don’t really mind the way it looks. Have
you seen vintage seltzer bottles around? How much would you pay for them and what style
do you prefer? Let me know in the comments.

10 Replies to “Seltzer Bottles & Soda Syphons: A Spritz of Vintage Style”

  1. I prefer Seltzer bottles (soda siphons) made of colored glass. It's almost impossible to purchase them in Spanish speaking countries because they think you're asking for "salsa" bottles. Ok, I borrowed that from Seinfeld, 

  2. I have a supercool unique Soda King:

  3. Love your videos! I learn a little more of history from your story on each item. And it gives me something to look for when i go thrifting! Keep up the great work!

  4. I never held a Vintage soda Syphon be for but was given one for my birthday. I think the piercing tube is blocked, so I guess I will just put it on the shelf with other collectables. It looks great!

  5. I have 2 identicle looking bottles. They're so great! Do you or anyone know how to get the screw on CO2 cartridges so I can get them to work??? I'm so excited to use them!! I've been looking for resources and parts. My gaskets look shot of course but really want to get them working how sweet would that be!! Movies use them….. thanks

  6. I'm currently in the process of restoring a Soviet syphon from the 1950s. A syphon in as-is condition ought to be in the 25-75$ range, but someone who goes through it from a to z; decalcifying everything, removing tar build-up from the old rubber, taking care of the aesthetics, replacing the aged rubber with new food-grade material and guaranteeing it works is well deserving of well over 100$. I'm currently struggling with the removal of the CO2 cartridge valve, which was installed back in the day using a proprietary tool. Fun times ahead 🙂

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