Sparklets Company History

1896    Aerators Limited commenced trading in Crayford, Kent. First product was an Aerator bottle covered in cane.

1898     Aerators Ltd purchased a 3 acre site at Broad Street Avenue, London E.C. near Angel Road station

1900     Aerator bottle was shown at the Paris International Exhibition

c1901    Sparklogene model launched.

1903     First reference to Aerators Ltd being in Upper Edmonton, London N.18. Source: 1903 syphon papers.

c1910    Prana glass syphon introduced. Ran to 1934

1913      First Doehler machine used in UK was imported from USA

1914     Sparklets Ltd made small arms munitions during the 1st World War

1919    Sparklets Ltd was formed 30/7/1919 and then acquired Aerators Ltd on 31/12/1919

1920    BOC purchased Sparklets Ltd

1923     Radium bulb patented

1928     Company was based at Upper Edmonton, London N.18. telephone: Tottenham 2647, Telegrams: “Spumante. Phone.London” Sparklets Ltd ( Formerly Aerators Ltd).

1923     20/9/1923 British patent for syphon by J C Barr

1930s   Sparklets Corporation of New York, a subsidiary of Sparklets Ltd, sold glass mesh syphons and the Streamline model

1934     Standard Syphon introduced. Glass, with a non-return valve.

1938     Address: Sparklets Ltd, Thames House, London SW1.

1943     Advert for ‘Prana’ pressure die castings

1945     Streamline Syphon launched in UK, in chromium plate

1949     Approx 400 employees

1952    Sparklets Ltd moved to a 4 acre site in Queen Street, Tottenham

1955     Glass syphons production ceased

1957     60% of sales went to 176 export markets. Company had 700 employees (425 men and 275 women)

1957     Hostmaster range launched

1960    Globemaster range launched

1964     Adverts showed address as: The British Oxygen Co Ltd, London W6

1968     BOC purchased Heimsyphon, a German syphon manufacturer which started in the 1920s and sold Sparklets syphons branded as Heimsyphon until 1945.

1973     1,300 people employed at the Tottenham factory

1981     Syphon production ceased

1984     BOC sold Heimsyphon to Sparklet Devices (USA).

1990     Heimsyphon is now part of iSi GmbH based in Vienna, Austria. iSi manufacture syphons today.