Hiram Codd

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Hiram Codd was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England back in 1838 to Edwin (sorry could not find out his mother’s name). When he was 23 he was a mechanical engineer working for the British and Foreign Cork Company where he greatly improved the production of corks. In 1862, he patented a device for measuring the flow of liquids.

In 1870. he patented another machine, more on that in a moment. In 1873, he perfected his invention. Those who wished to use his invention had to pay a yearly fee. In 1884, his business was acquired by his partner. He died in 1887, however his invention is still manufactured in India.

What you may not know about Hiram Codd is that his invention replaced the cork for many uses. What he patented was a bottle filled under gas pressure which pushed a marble against a rubber washed in the neck, creating a perfect seal. It was and still is used for mineral water and soda water. If you find one of his early bottles they are highly prized by antique bottle collectors worldwide. The Japanese soft drink, Ramune uses his Codd-neck bottles.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray and the history of preserving carbonated beverages continues to advance...

Jul 05, 2019 02:55 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. What we take for granted required someone’s deep thought. Enjoy your day 

Jul 05, 2019 05:13 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. This is a really cool thing. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

Jul 05, 2019 05:31 AM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I enjoyed this story very much.  I have seen this type of botttle, but no ones with a marble.  A

Jul 05, 2019 07:22 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - every innovation needs an inventor. Why not carbonation?  The marble is something I don't previously recall knowing.  

Jul 05, 2019 07:40 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Just think if the government kept their noses out of everything they might still be in use today!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jul 05, 2019 07:44 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, that is interesting indeed, I always wondered how the perfect seal was created.

Jul 05, 2019 07:54 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - as a matter of fact I just got a maple syrup bottle from Stonewall Kitchen with that type of top.

Jul 05, 2019 08:14 AM #8
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning James Dray and another great inventor that did great thinks for us that is still in use.


Jul 05, 2019 08:43 AM #9
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Very cool James. I have seen those before but never knew the history behind them.

Jul 05, 2019 02:31 PM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- how in the world do these people come up with these ideas????

Jul 05, 2019 04:44 PM #11
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

I've seen these, but what fun to read more about the history behind them!


Jul 08, 2019 08:15 AM #12
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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Thank you for the interesting history of this inventor. I will look for these specially-sealed bottles!  


Jul 08, 2019 02:26 PM #13
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I never heard of that invention James Dray but I'm wondering how he greatly improved the production of cork.

Jul 10, 2019 05:28 PM #14
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