Ashley glas bottle, c 1880s.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm

Ashley glas bottle, c 1880s.

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Water bottle made by a machine invented by the Englishman Howard Matravers Ashley (1841-1914). Ashley had obtained a patent for a bottle-making machine in 1886. However, it took him another three years to come up with a practical method of producing narrow-necked bottles. This three-stage method dictated the design of the semi-automatic machine. Although Ashley's own company failed to exploit the invention, bottles could now be made ten times faster.

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