Cordials are another popular category to collect, although not many examples of earlier Western Australian manufacturers exist. Along with many earlier cordials imported from England, Rose’s lime juice being the most popular, many cordials were imported from the Eastern States, usually packaged in very ornate bottles, the most popular being the Brookes “Lemos” and the OT Cordials. Like many of the sauce and pickle bottles of this age, they contained a high level of manganese in the glass and when exposed to the ultra violet rays of the sun for a long period of time, would turn a beautiful amethyst to deep purple in colour. It was for this reason that cordials were very sort after by early collectors who just picked them up off the ground in the remote goldfields.
Pre 1930’s most locally made cordials were sold in plain bottles and it was not until the 1930’s and 40’s we began to see the local aerated water manufacturers like Mackay’s, Weaver & Lock and Letchford begin to bottle their cordials in the embossed clear glass, uniformly machine made, square bottles initially with cork tops and later in the 1950’s with a screw cap. Some examples of these from the smaller local factories are very rare and very sort after.