Now, the charm and beauty of these specific siphons remains, despite the years, the often bad shape of the enamelling … a testimony of the “Belle Epoque” !
However, the colourful flower paintings, with
a specific Art Nouveau style is one of the most frequent on this type of siphon
Similarly, one can also find stove enamelled siphons with only colour policy characters on the bottle. Those bottles are fragile, as time goes by the enamelling tends to disappear. Various siphon bottle sizes can be found from 1 L to 33cl. Those siphons are extremely aesthetic but also represent a legacy of the golden age of enamelled advertisement (from 1910 to 1930).
In those days, siphon were available in all the
bistrots, cafés, estaminets, and clients were surrounded by multiple
advertisements (Kina Lillet, Byhrr, Mandarin, Dubonnet, Pernod, etc).
Enamelled tins seemed to be flourishing everywhere! Therefore it seems logical that this process also ended up on siphons, drinking glasses, and other bar objects....)
No doubt that brewer and soda manufacturers saw this as an opportunity to distinguish them from competition, by offering unusual siphons (by size, colour, enamelling and graphics).