The Codd bottle was first patented in 1872 by inventor Hiram Codd. The principle of the Codd bottle was to use the gas pressure of carbonated drinks to hold a glass marble against a rubber ring in the lip of the bottle, thus forming a bottle stopper.

Indentations in the neck of the bottle caught the marble once the bottle was opened, and prevented it from rolling back into the lip when the drink was poured, and a ridge (or shelf) prevented the marble from falling to the bottom of the bottle.

Over the following decades numerous variations of the 'Codd' were produced, many covered by their own patent, but the majority of 'marble stoppered bottles' are commonly know as Codds.

The bottles shown here are the smaller Codds, nominally referred to as 6oz Codd bottles, although the actual capacities varied. These are sometimes referred to as split-size bottles.

All bottles shown here are arranged firstly by town, and then in alphabetical order of company name.





Fenton (incl. Heron Cross)


Hanley (incl. Shelton)



Longton (incl. Lane End and Normacot)






Tunstall (incl. Goldenhill)


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