In 1872, Hiram Codd, who worked as a salesman for a cork company, patented the very first bottle to enclose a marble in its neck. The idea was that the marble would act as an internal stopper and keep the contents and gas in the bottle until released - thus replacing the cork. This invention was a great success and was adopted by nearly all companies manufacturing mineral waters at the time. The patent gave Hiram Codd some protection from people stealing his ideas, yet many more marble-in-the-neck bottles appeared as glass works realized they simply had to manufacture this type of bottle.This William H. Baxter mineral water bottle is in great shape and would be great in any glass or bottle collection. Your satisfaction is Martindale's only concern.