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Barrett and Elers

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of Dace Road, Old Ford, London, EC3. Telephone: Amherst 1187/8. Telegraphic Address: "Ebonite, 'Phone, London"

1868 The first internally stoppered bottle was patented by John Adams and Henry Barrett in England.

This patent became Barrett and Elers’ patent soon afterwards, when Adams’ estate was assigned to Charles Elers. The bottle contained a long wooden plug with a rubber ring attached to one end. When the bottle was filled the rubber ring of the stopper was forced into the neck where it made a seal. To open the bottle the stopper was simply pushed down.

1897 The company was registered on 8 October, to take over the business of manufacturers of screw stoppers and dealers in bottles, and to erect a factory to manufacture carbonic acid gas, of a company of the same name. [1]

1937 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of all kinds of Ebonite Screw Stoppers. Bakelite and Bellerwere Mouldings for bottle and jar closures, and other mechanical and fancy purposes. Belleroid Mouldings for electrical insulation. (Stand No. A.305) [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. 1937 British Industries Fair Page 332
  • [1] Antique Bottles