A bottle stopper with a screw thread used as a closure for a bottle. This type of closure was patented by Henry Barrett (English) in 1880. It was a common closure for aerated or non-aerated soft drinks in England and the colonies in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

This example of bottle closure relates to the local Melbourne soft drink manufacturing industry which flourished in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with several companies operating. Aerated waters were a strongly promoted alternative to alcoholic drinks, for health reasons and particularly by those who followed the Temperance Movement.

Barrett Bros were operating from premises at 43-45 Holden St, North Fitzroy by 1908, manufacturing aerated waters and cordials.

Physical Description

Wooden stopper with screw thread and flat round top with indentation for a flat screw driver and knurled pattern. Has a deformed, orange/red rubber seal.

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