Box - Soda Gas Bulbs

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England
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Description
Empty box for 12 'Prana' soda gas bulbs or 'Sparklets'. The inserts for the bulbs are arranged in a circular pattern around the centre of the box. The inserts are the exact shape of the bulb. Paper labels on the lid and bottom of box are torn and some of the lettering is missing. The rim of the lid is damaged.
Classification
CH classification PACKAGES AND CONTAINERS Box
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Measurements
Dia.115 x H18 mm
Media/Materials description
Card/Cardboard (Paper)
Signature/Marks
INSTANTANEOUS AERATION\SOLE PATENTS \AND \MANUFACTURERS \Aerators Ltd. \London \OF ALL LIQUIDS
PRANA\...PARKLETS
...olonies (except New \Zealand) or India only, and on \the express condition that they be \used only with 'Prana' Sparklet \Apparatus. Being patented articles their use in any other manner \constitutes a breach of the \m...acturers' license \...their use
History and use
This box contained bulbs used in a soda syphon to create aerated or soda water in the home. ‘Sparklets’ bulbs were invented in the 1890s and manufactured by Aerators Limited in London and were distributed around the globe. The bulbs were made especially for Prana brand soda syphons. The bulb was placed in the top of the soda syphon and the gas pumped into plain water to turn it into soda water. Before the invention of these, aerated water had to be purchased, and could not be made in the home.

Prana Sparklets bulbs and soda syphons were advertised in Queensland in The Brisbane Courier during the height of the popularity of soda water from 1910 to 1925.

This object is part of the Marks collection, donated to the Queensland Museum by Dr E.N. Marks. The Marks were a prominent Brisbane family who made significant contributions to the fields of science and medicine.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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H40733

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