Close examination of the “Hutchinson’s Patent Syrup Connections” in the
aforementioned advertisement (see
Syrup Jars and Hoses) reveals four lengths of block tin pipe
connecting syrup jar cocks at the center bottom of each Special Glazed
Syrup Jar to a 4-way connection.
A rubber syrup hose then linked the 4-way connection to the syrup
gauge. When a particular
syrup flavor was needed, the desired faucet was opened and gravity
caused the syrup to flow thru the syrup hose.
Unfortunately, the syrup in the jars, pipes, and hose was
completely hidden from view.
Although the syrup jars had lids, dirt, bugs, and other foreign
matter found its way into the syrup, gumming up the syrup valves,
contaminating the syrup, and ruining entire bottling runs.