Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Very Cool Bottle

I have a very cool item for VTT this week. I bought this bottle in the Houston area for $5.00 about 15 years ago. There were three in the shop, and I wish I had gotten all three. I thought it was really cool and displayed it with some other nifty bottles I had in my kitchen at the time. It may be difficult to see, but inside the bottle there is a green glass marble on a little track near the top. (You can click the picture to enlarge it.) The track seems to have been made by squooshing the glass from the outside with some kind of tongs when it was still molten. The brown thing in the bottom is just the washer from the bottle opening that has dried up and fallen down.The front reads "Trade Mark/Zoedone/The New Aerated Beverage/Wrexham, and the back says Nuttal & Co. Makers Schelens.Today my nephew suggested researching the bottle and sharing it for VTT. I was amazed at what I learned, and the potential age of the bottle. We learned that Zoedone used phosphates to make the fizz, and contained calcium, sodium, potassium, and iron, marketing it as a medicinal tonic that would increase brain power. The tonic was made in the town of Wrexham, North Wales, UK., and is advertised in the British Medical Journal o 1879 and written about in the London Medical Record of 1881. In 1892, James Mew wrote Drinks of the World and referred to Zoedone in the past tense, which leads me to believe that Zoedone was no longer being sold, or had fallen out of favor as a medicinal tonic. We couldn't find out when production actually stopped, but these dates show that the bottle could be more than 100 years old!
One advertisement mentions that Zeodone was made without sugar, so it could help diabetics. Besides its medicinal properties, Zeodone was touted as a mixer perfect with claret, as well as being preferable to champagne because it was much less expensive! Sounds like it was a standard "snake oil" packaged in a nifty bottle to me!
I hope you'll visit our hostess Suzanne at Colorado Lady and the other Vintage Thingies Thursday participants.
Don't forget to come back tomorrow for my ENORMOUS 8 book giveaway!
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29 comments:

Kelly said...

Elizabeth - Now, this is one very, very cool bottle. I have never seen or heard about this type of bottle before. Thank you for being such a great researcher. ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

LV said...

It looks like you may have found a real prize in that bottle. I have never seen one like it and enjoyed it's history.

Dawn said...

That's an awesome bottle!

Lisa said...

Wow, very cool bottle! Love the article to go along with it.

viridian said...

Goodness! what a find. I've never seen or heard of anything like it. Thanks for your research. And a giveaway? I'll see ya there.

CC said...

This is totally new to me. I've never heard of it before,..it seems this tonic was used for everything. I love the bottle. Happy VTT..have a lovely weekend.

bowerbirdz said...

That's a great find and fabulous that you were able to find out so much about it! The tonic recipe sounds a bit awful though!

Bea said...

Very cool, Elizabeth. I wonder if it was some sort of seltzer? The marble at the top of the bottle jogged something in my memory about seltzer...

Buttercup said...

This is so interesting. I've spent some time looking at bottles in antique/collectible stores and not come across any like this. Will be on the lookout.

Sarah said...

Very interesting! Isn't it fun when a little research makes you see something in a new light?

Coloradolady said...

What a wonder you were able to find some information about your bottle. It is very unique, I have not seen one like this at all. Great post today, I enjoyed the history too.

Have a great VTT!

Roslyn said...

Nice historical piece, that bottle is a keeper!

Jesmi said...

Very cool bottle! Thanks for the sharing..

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

what a great info about the bottle.. thanks for sharing.. never know the bottle came with this big story/history behind it.. awesome

Becky said...

Dang Elizabeth! That is totally cool!

Thanks for sharing!

Cindy at PlantSomeRoots said...

I have never seen a bottle like that before. Thanks for the history!

Jewelgirl said...

Wow your right it is a really amazing
bottle and I love that you are checking out the history - so cool
finding out the "story". I'll
have to visit you tomorrow for the
book giveaway!

Kathi Fly said...

Very interesting! What a great find! Enjoyed reading the research.

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

love the bottle and reading all about that amazing concoction..how interesting!

Justine said...

Oh wow, the bottle is cool enough alone, but with the history you dug up it's doubly so!

Justine :o )

The imPerfect Houswife said...

What a great thing for VTT!! Love your blog - I popped over here from another one. This was my first time doing VTT and I can't wait to do it again next week - I need to be on the hunt, don't I?? And in your profile, did you really say one of your favorite movies is Bring It On!?? And you admitted it - that's hilarious!! I think I know that movie by heart from watching it with my girls! You go girl ~

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