Arrowhead Puritas 19 litre glass water bottle (5 Gallon)

puritas drinking water advertisment 300x184 Arrowhead Puritas 19 litre glass water bottle (5 Gallon)The Water Delivery Company is chuffed with itself. After many months of searching both the UK and the USA we have in our hands an original glass 19 litre (5 gallon) bottle.

The bottle was designed to be used on top of water coolers and was returned to Puritas after use for cleaning and refilling with distilled water.  Arrowhead Puritas were one of the dominant forces in water delivery on the East Coast of the United States at the turn of the 19th century.

The US water delivery market at the turn of the century was based on distilled water and interestingly the purified water market in the USA is still a major force. Whereas in the UK demand for  spring or mineral water dominates.

puritas drinking water bottle with wooden box Arrowhead Puritas 19 litre glass water bottle (5 Gallon)We date the bottle to 1937 – based solely on the fact that there is an inscription on the bottom of the bottle saying L37 – but it may be from much earlier than this. The bottles were delivered in wooden crates to protect the glass during transportation – and interestingly plastic water bottles in Hong Kong are still delivered within crates – albeit plastic ones.

After trawling the internet we found some nice detail on the Puritas Water Company from the turn of the last century.

“In 1898, the Los Angeles chapter of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (LAWCTU) protested to the Puritas Water Company against its use of a semi-nude figure in a billboard advertisement. In a letter deploring the impropriety of the Puritas advertising campaign, the LAWCTU complained that the “almost nude figure” in the billboard was “offensive to the wives and mothers of Los Angeles, and…demoralizing of our young people.”

We would love to see the original billboard advertisment – we found another version shown above. We will clean the bottle up and have further images for you in the future.

We have now cleaned the bottle up fully – with images shown below

Finally a You Tube Video (apologies for the funny angles). We promise that we have finished with this project now.

Sorry – we told a small lie – see the coverage of our blog in the Cooler Innovation magazine below. This blog is now closed.

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Rob Laughton

Rob Laughton

Rob Laughton is an established part of the UK water industry and has business interests in drinking water products. He is actively involved in the self-regulatory associations which work to keep strict standards within the UK water industry.

His related water businesses are listed on and include The Water Delivery Company - Londons' largest independent bottled water cooler supplier.

6 Responses to Arrowhead Puritas 19 litre glass water bottle (5 Gallon)

  1. admin admin says:

    We were also covered recently in Cooler Innovation magazine


    The Water Delivery Company

  2. wes wilkes wes wilkes says:

    i just found the same bottle. thought it would look cool in my house. any idea what it is worth?

  3. admin admin says:

    If you send us through photos to we can value them for you

    Many thanks

  4. David Buckland David Buckland says:

    I have had this bottle of my dad’s for as long as I can remember and somehow never thought of it as much more than a novelty. Now, I can’t find anything on the Net, so I’m just curious. Can you tell me anything about it? I don’t know how to attach a picture!

  5. troy troy says:

    5106882120. I have two for sale if interested 50 apiece no chips exl condition deal for both troy Ph 510 688 2120

  6. troy troy says:

    Glass 5gal water bottles for sale oh# 510 688 2120

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