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In 1870 (or somewhere thereabouts) a certain Hiram Codd, bottle manufacturer of London applied for patent rights on a revolutionary new internally stoppered bottle which, to this day bears his name. Codd bottles with different colours, closure patents and emblems / embossing are probably the third most avidly collected category (after ginger beers and lids) in South Africa and we are sure that this section will be warmly received and frequently visited by both local and overseas collectors.

South African Diggers and Collectors are extremely fortunate in that we are able to access (although rarely) bottles specifically manufactured for export / overseas market and some of which are totally unavailable anywhere else in the world.

Despite some lively debate on the subject, we have decided to include, in this listing, the very dark aqua bottles which sometimes occur in South Africa. More than 15 varieties from more than a dozen factories are recorded and to add to the mystique, not one has a makers name except for the Initials G & L or simply L on the back at the bottom. Dark Aqua bottles are also found in the UK, though there they do have bottle makers names on most. To add to the confusion some of these dark aquas are actually listed as "green"!

We are indebted to Nic Welman (not known as Coddman for nothing) and Brian White (who must have the largest collection of Coloured Codds outside of the U.K.) for their input and information. Mike Conradie and Tom Lotter will also be supplying their information and we hope so will other collectors as we will be expanding this section to become a registry of ownership of these fascinating bottles.

This preamble will be replaced, in time, by a more professional summary of the history of these unique bottles but, for now, lets get into a list of known South African Coloured Body, Coloured Collar and Coloured Marble Bottles... Enjoy!

Each bottle has been sized according to its capacity when filled to halfway up the pinch which is as close as we can establish how Codds were filled originally.

A number of still full bottles showing the level to which they were originally filled.

To make viewing more interesting we have arranged the Colourful Codds as follows:
Alphabetically by factory. Thereafter 1. Coloured Body, 2. Coloured Lip, 3. Coloured Marble, 4. Deep Aqua. Colour Preference = 1 blue (can there be a cobalt blue local Codd?) 2. Green and 3. Amber / Brown.
It will be exciting to see if any one factory had all 4 types in the market.

Webstats indicate that although this is our newest addition it is already our most visited page.

73 bottles pictured. Updated June 2006

How the wording is displayed: / = line break

Wording on front of Codd Bottle
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Wording on back of Codd Bottle

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Wording on base or bottom of the Codd Bottle
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Type of Codd Bottle eg 10oz, 6oz, Standard, Hybrid or a Patent Codd Bottle


Amber

Aqua

Blue

Brown

Deep Aqua

Green

Lime Green

 

A. E. Bradley
1

Aqua Marble,  RC

A.E. Bradley / Kimberley
———————
Patent Safe Groove / 4 / Sole Makers / Dan Rylands Ld /Barnsley
———————
10 oz Standard Hybrid

A. E. Bradley
1, 2

Aqua Marble, , RC & KG

A. E. Bradley / Kimberley
———————
Reliance Patent / 4 / Sole Makers / Dan Rylands Ld / Barnsley
———————
6oz Reliance Patent

A. E. Bradley
1

Aqua Marble, RC

A. E. Bradley / Kimberley
———————
Reliance Patent / 4 / Dan Rylands Ld / Barnsley
———————
10oz Reliance Patent

A. E. Bradley
1

Aqua Marble, RC

A. E. Bradley / Kimberley
———————
Patent Safe Groove / 4 / Sole Makers / Dan Rylands Ld / Barnsley
———————
10oz Standard Codd

A. T. Chambers
1

Aqua Marble, RC

A. T. Chambers & Son / East London
———————
10oz Nuttals Patent

 

A. T. Chambers
6

A.T. Chambers
Picture taken at Melrose House from Joe De Nockers Collections

 

De Hoop
1

Green Marble, RC

De Hoop
———————
Pretoria
———————
R. Ld / 4
———————
10oz Skittle Niagara

 

De Hoop
1

 Green Marble, RC

De Hoop / Pretoria
———————
Patent Safe Groove / 4 / Sole Makers / Dan Rylands Ld / Barnsley
———————
D H
———————
10oz Standard Hybrid

De Hoop
1

Green  Marble, RC

De Hoop / Pretoria
———————
The Rylands Ld / 4 / Sole Makers / Barnsley
———————
D H
———————
10oz Niagara Bottle

De Hoop
1

Green Marble, RC

De Hoop / Pretoria
———————
Dan Rylands Ld / 4 / Sole Makers / Barnsley
———————
10oz Standard Codd

De Hoop
1

De Hoop / Pretoria
———————
R. LD
———————
D.H.
———————
6oz Skittle

De Hoop
1

De Hoop / Pretoria
———————
WM Barnard & Sons London
———————
6oz Standard Codd

De Hoop
1

De Hoop / Pretoria
———————
Patent Safe Groove / 4 / Sole Makers / Dan Rylands Ld / Barnsley
———————
5oz Standard Codd

Delaney & Youngelson
3

Aqua Marble, NW

Delaney & Youngelson / Johannessburg
———————
Patent Safe Groove / 4 / Sole Makers / Dan Rylands Ld / Barnsley
———————
6oz Standard Hybrid

Delaney & Youngelson
2, 3

Aqua Marble,  KG & NW

Delaney & Youngleson / Johannesburg
———————
Patent Safe Groove / 4 / Sole Makers / Dan Rylands Ltd / Barnsley
———————
10oz Standard Codd

Excelsior Mineral
1

Aqua

Excelsior Mineral Water Co / (Logo (Trade / Xl / Mark)) / Johannesburg
———————
L
———————
10oz Standard Hybrid

P. Ferrero
1

Green Marble, RC

P. Ferrero / Potchefstroom
———————
Barnett & Foster / Makers / London. N
———————
10 oz Standard Hybrid

P. Ferrero
1

Green Marble, RC

P. Ferrero / Potchefstroom
———————
Barnett & Foster / Makers / London. N
———————
10oz Standard Codd

P. Ferrero

P. Ferrero / Potchefstroom
———————
Barnett & Foster / Makers / London. N
———————
10oz Skittle Niagra

Goldfields
1

Aqua Marble, RC

Goldfields Mineral Water Co / Trade (Logo) Mark / Johannesburg
———————
L
———————
10oz Standard Codd

Goldfields
1

Brown Marble, RC

Goldfields Mineral Water Co / Trade (Logo) Mark / Johanessburg
———————
L
———————
10oz Standard Codd

Henderson Bros
1

Aqua Marble,  RC

Henderson Bros / Kimberley
———————
Acme Patent / 4 / Sole Makers / Dan Rylands Ld / Barnsley
———————
H B
———————
6oz Acme Patent

Henderson Bros
1

Aqua Marble,  RC

Henderson Bros / Kimberley
———————
ACME Patent / 4 / Dan Rylands Ld / Barnsley
———————
10oz Acme Patent

Henderson Bros
1

Aqua Marble,  RC

Henderson Bros / Kimberley
———————
ACME Patent / 4 / Dan Rylands Ld / Barnsley
———————
6oz Acme Patent

Henderson Bros
2

Blue Marble,  KG

Henderson Bros / Kimberley
———————
W.M. Barnard & Sons / London
———————
10oz Standard Hybrid

Henderson Bros
1

Blue Marble,  RC

Henderson Bros / Kimberley
———————
Wm Barnard / & Sons / London
———————
H.B
———————
10oz Dobsons Patent

HYJA
1

Green Marble,  RC

HYJA / Trade Mark / Albion Mineral Water Co
———————
Albion / Mineral / Water Co / Johannessburg
———————
H
———————
10oz Standard Codd

HYJA
1

Green Marble,  RC

HYJA / Trade Mark / Albion Mineral Water Co
———————
Albion / Mineral / Water Co / Johannessburg
———————
H
———————
10oz Standard Codd

HYJA
1

Aqua Marble,  RC

HYJA / Trade Mark / Albion Mineral Water Co
———————
Albion / Mineral / Water Co / Johannessburg
———————
H
———————
10oz Standard Codd

J.R. Jones
1

J. R. Jones Pretoria
———————

———————

———————
11oz Standard

J.R. Jones
1

Amber Marble, Rc

J.R. Jones & Co / Pretoria
———————
Bratby & Hinchliffe /
Manchester
———————
1020
———————
6oz Standard Codd

A. Kan & Co
1

Deep Aqua Marble,  RC

A. Kan & Co / Trade (Logo) Mark / Johannesburg
———————
G & L
———————
A K
———————
9oz Skittle

A. Kan & Co
1

Aqua Marble,  RC

A. Kan & Co / Trade (Logo) Mark / Johannesburg
———————
G & L
———————
A K
———————
10oz Standard Codd

A. Kan & Co
1

Aqua Marble,  RC

A. Kan & Co / Trade (Logo) Mark / Johannesburg
———————
L
———————
11oz Standard Codd

A. Kan & Co
1

Aqua Marble,  RC

A. Kan & Co / Trade (Logo) Mark / Johannesburg
———————
G & L
———————
A K
———————
10oz Standard Codd

A. Kan & Co
1

Aqua Marble,  RC

A. Kan & Co / Trade (Logo) Mark / Johannesburg
———————
L
———————
11oz Standard Codd

M. B
1

Green Marble, RC

M. B (Mossel Bay Mineral Water Factory)
———————
Dan Rylands / 4 / Sole Makers / Barnsley
———————
6oz Standard Codd

Matthysen
1

Lime Green Marble,  RC

Matthysen / Pretoria
———————
Wm Barnard / & Sons / London
———————
10oz Standard Hybrid

Matthysen
1

Lime Green Marble,  RC

Matthysen / Mark / Trade (Logo)/ Pretoria
———————
Wm Barnard / & Sons / London
———————
10oz Standard Codd

Matthysen
1, 3

Lime Green Marble,  NW & RC

Matthysen / Pretoria
———————
Wm Barnard / & Sons / London
———————
6oz Standard Codd

A. H. C. Miller
1

Amber Marble, KG

A. H. C. Miller / Chemist / Simonstown
———————
Barnett & Foster / Makers / London N
———————
10oz Standard Codd

J.T. Muir
1

Aqua Marble,  RC

J T Muir / Fountain / Aerated Works
———————
Codd's Bottle / 4 / Maker / Dan Rylands / Barnsley
———————
6oz Standard Codd

J.T. Muir
1

J T Muir / Pretoria
———————
G & L
———————
10oz Hybrid

J.T. Muir
1

Blue Marble,  RC

J T Muir / Fountain / Aerated / Water / Works / Pretoria
———————
11 oz Round Bottom Hybrid

J.T. Muir
1

Blue Marble,  RC & NW

J.T.Muir
Fountain Aerated Water Works
Pretoria
———————
———————
6oz Standard Hybrid

J.T. Muir
1

Blue Marble,  RC

J.T. Muir
Fountain Aerated Works
Pretoria
———————
———————
10oz Standard Codd

J. Nevsky
1

Aqua Marble,  RC

J. Nevsky / Trade (Logo) Mark / & Co / Gemiston
———————
———————
G & L
———————
10oz Hybrid
(Note Dimples on right

J. Nevsky
1

Aqua Marble,  RC

J. Nevsky / Trade (Logo) Mark / & Co / Germiston
———————
———————
G & L
2
———————
11oz Standard Codd

W. Reid
5

W. Reid / Soda / Bloemfontein
———————
Dan Rylands / Maker / Barnsley / 4
———————
6oz Standard Codd

J Schmit
1

Brown Marble, RC

J Schmit / Volksrust
———————
———————
10oz Standard Codd

Shilling
1

Aqua Marble,  RC

The Shilling / Trade (Logo) Mark / Aerated Water Factory
———————
Kimberley / Wm Barnard & Sons/ London
———————
10oz Standard Codd

Shilling
1

Brown Marble,  RC

The Shilling / Aerated Factory / Kimberley
———————
———————
10oz Standard Codd

Shilling
3

Aqua Marble,  NW

The / Shilling Aerated / Water Factory/ Kimberly
———————
———————
10oz Dumpie

Shilling
1. 4

Aqua Marble,  RC & KG

The Shilling / Trade (Logo) Mark / Aerated Water Factory
———————
Kimberley
———————
Wm. Barnard & Sons
———————
6oz Standard Codd

Shilling
1

Brown Marble,  RC

The Shilling / Aerated / Water / Factory / Kimberley
———————
I. Kilner & Sons / Makers / Wakefield
———————
10oz Standard Hybrid

Shilling
1

Amber Marble,  RC

The Shilling / Aerated Water Factory / Kimberley
———————
10oz Standard Hybrid

Shilling
1

Amber Marble,  RC

The "Shilling" / Trade (Logo) Mark / Aerated Water Factory
———————
Kimberley
———————
Wm Barnard & Sons London
———————
9oz Standard Hybrid

Shilling
1

Brown Marble,  RC

The Shilling / Aerated Factory / Kimberley
———————
———————
6oz Round Bottom Hybrid

Shilling
1

Brown Marble,  RC

The "Shilling"
Trade (Logo) Mark
Aerated Water Factory
———————
Kimberley
———————
Wm Barnard & Sons London
———————
6oz Standard Hybrid

Shilling
1

Dark Brown Marble,  RC

The "Shilling" / Aerated Water / Factory / Kimberley
———————
Patent Safe Groove / 4 / Sole Makers / Dan Rylands Ld /Barnsley
———————
10 oz Standard Codd

Shilling
2

Brown Marble,  KG

The Shilling / Trade (Logo) Mark/ Aerated Water Factory
———————
———————
10oz Standard Codd

Shilling
1

Amber Marble,  RC

The "Shilling" / Trade (Logo) Mark / Aerated Water Factory Kimberley
———————
Kimberley
———————
Wm Barnard & Sons London
———————
10 oz Standard Codd

Shilling
1

Amber Marble,  RC

The Shilling / Aerated Factory / Kimberley
———————
———————
838
———————
6oz Standard Codd

Shilling
1

Brown Marble,  RC

The Shilling / Trade (Logo) Mark / Aerated Water Factory
———————
Kimberley
———————
Wm Barnard & Sons London
———————
6oz Standard Codd

Shilling
2

Brown Marble,  KG

The Shilling / Trade (Logo) Mark/ Aerated Works
———————
———————
6oz Standard Codd

Trevenna Factory
1

Brown Marble, RC & NW

Trevenna Factory / Trade (Logo) Mark / Pretoria
———————
———————
T F
———————
10oz Standard Hybrid

Trevenna Factory
1

Trevenna Factory / Trade (Logo) Mark / Pretoria
———————
Dan Rylands / 4 / Sole Makers / Barnsley
———————
T.F.
———————
10oz Standard Codd

Verbena Mineral
1

Aqua

Verbena Mineral / Registered (Logo) Mark / Waterworks
———————
———————
Star Symbol on bottom of bottle
———————
10oz Standard Codd

BKJ West Rand
1, 2

Brown Marble, RC & KG

BKJ West Rand
———————
———————
10oz Standard Codd

BKJ West Rand
1, 2

Deep Aqua Marble, RC & KG

BKJ / West Rand Mineral Water Mineral / Water Co. / Trade Mark (logo) / Johannesburg & / Krugersdorp
———————
———————
B.K.J.
———————
10oz Standard Codd

Eugene. S. Whyte
1-6

Aqua Marble, RC & NW

Property of / Eugene. S. Whyte / Cradock / 1892
———————
Reliance Patent / 4 / Dan Rylands Ld / Barnsley
———————
9oz Acme Patent

Eugene. S. Whyte

Dales Hybrid First

Eugene S. Whyte / Manufacturer / Cradock
———————
———————.
6oz Standard Hybrid
Only known example



Eugene. S. Whyte
1

3rd Eugene S. Whyte

Eugene S. Whyte / Manufacturer / Cradock
———————
ACME / Reliance Patent / Sole Makers / Dan Rylands Ld. / Barnsley
———————
11oz Standard Codd
Only known example

Yorkshire Mineral
1

The Yorkshire Steam Mineral Water Co Pretoria / P & F
———————
L
———————
12oz Hybrid

Yorkshire Mineral
1

The Yorkshire / Mineral / P & C / Water Works / Pretoria
———————
———————
10oz Standard Codd

 

 

Fact File

  1. Hiram Codd was born in 1839 and died in 1887.
  2. Coloured Codds / lips / marbles were introduced as a quick and easy way for the mineral water manufacturer to identify his own bottles amongst those of his competitors.
  3. In theory no two manufacturers in the same town should have had the same colours .
    However we find 3 bottles from different factories with the same colour (amber) marbles: J.R. Jones, Trevenna and Mattheysen.
  4. Codds were available in a number of sizes / capacities however the two most common are 6oz and 10oz.
  5. S.A.'s most famous Coloured Colour Lip Codd is the Eugene S. Whyte of Cradock. Unique in that there are no known dug examples, all specimens, in mint condition emanting from their warehouse in Cradock although the bottle is embossed Reliance Patent, it is in fact an Acme Patent.
  6. The De Hoop 10oz Hybrid with green marble was also manufactured by Cannington Shaw & Co Ld St Helens England.
  7. Do you know an interesting fact about Coloured Codds. Please e-mail it to info@antiquebottles.co.za

 

 

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