William Beardsley Bottle Stopper
William Beardsley’s patent application was filed February 27, 1885 and specified:
William Beardsley, of Beacon…
Figure 1 is a cross-sectional view of my improved bottle-stopper and of a bottle in part. Fig. 2 is a plan view of the under side of the cap.
The bottle A, of any desired shape or size, is provided with an externally-screw-threaded neck, B, on which a screw-cap, C, is screwed having a central aperture, D. On the under side of the cap C a packing, E, or leather, rubber, or other suitable material, having an aperture corresponding to the aperture D, is secured, and the bottle contains a glass or other ball-valve, F, adapted to close the aperture D. On the inside of the bottle, in practice, a series of triangular or crescent-shaped projections, G, are formed at a greater or less distance from the neck, said projections extending continuously around the bottle. The bottle is filled with soda-water or other aerated liquid under pressure, which forces the ball-valve against the seat formed by the packing E, thus closing the bottle. To open the bottle the ball-valve F is pressed down and the liquid is permitted to flow out of the bottle. When the bottle is opened, the ball F rests against the ridges or projections G, and is thus prevented from closing the opening in the cap.
was a druggist and soda bottler in Beacon,