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Object ID 001122

Object Name Cosley Soft Drink Glass Bottle

Object Desc Large blue glass bottle with metal spout used to dispense carbonated water or seltzer.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000984

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Soft Drinks


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Speakeasy Exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords soft drinks,Cosley Bottling Company,bottles,beverages,seltzer,

Title Cosley Soft Drink Glass Bottle

Description A blue glass bottle with a metal spout. The glass bottle has etched words on the glass stating that it is from the Cosley Bottling Company in Debuque, Iowa. Also, it states that it can hold up to a pint of 10 fl. oz. The metal spout is shiny with Cosley Bottling Co. engraved along the neck. It has a lever mechanism to pump out the soft drink. I attempted to remove the metal spout gently, but it would not come off.


Approx Collection Date

Height 11.25

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 3

Circumference 12

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details The circumference of the neck is 4.75 inches. The height of the metal cap is 2.75 inches From the tip of the spout to the tip of the lever is 4 inches.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Cosley Bottling Company.

Maker Details Originally opened as the Cosley Bottling Works around 1923 by Ray J. Cosley, the company had only three competitors in the area. The first bottles carried the Cosley Bottling Works name. After four or five years, the name of the company was changed to the Cosley Bottling Company and the new name appeared on the bottles. A bottle was expected to be able to be reused between six and ten times before it became too nicked or scratched to be refilled.Metal caps were applied to the bottles with the use of a crowning machine operated by a foot pedal--one bottle at a time. Cosley used his own private formulas for the various soft drinks including creme soda, grape, strawberry or orange. Cosley was the first Iowa distributor for near-beer and the first distributor for beer in Iowa after sale of it was made legal in 1923. Cosley operated the company for forty years and three months. He sold it, and the company was operated for a short time at the same location.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY984



Date JAN 3,2014

Summary Very Good

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes Some of the metal cap is tarnished. The base of the metal cap seems to be coming a part. The glass bottle itself is in good condition, but some of the etching has faded, making it hard to read. It could use a decent clean inside the bottle.


Date JAN 3,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Speakeasy Exhibit from Bay View Pharmacy - automatic entry by admin