540: STUNNING MARBLE & ALABASTER SODA FOUNTAIN
LIQUID CARBONIC MARBLE & ONYX SODA FOUNTAIN - Made for the Colubian Exposition of the Chicago World's Fair - The counter is 3' 6" high and 21' 2" in length, the back bar is 10' high and 19' 9" long; this bar was made by Liquid Carbonic Co. and exhibited at the 1893 Columbian Exposition; the back bar is mostly onyx with black and green verigated marble column caps and trim; the two top end panels are set with stained leaded glass, showing urn flanked by wreath with ribbon adornment at the base; they are beautifully framed by the onyx surround and topped with a double-layered arch with its own centered accent keystone; the top panels of the back bar are further adorned with 8 inset green and gold glass tile inlay patterns; the mirrors are trimmed with molded bronze; further complimenting the back bar are 8 ornate brass light fixtures. The bottom section for the back bar retains the Liquid Carbonic Co. plaque and features 5 evenly spaced steel doors in nickel finish with nicely detailed hinges and hardware. For accuracy it should be noted that the top counter of the back bar is beautifully matched for color and graining and was replaced in the 1970's; the front counter is mostly onyx with black and green marble trim and features 10 reeded flat columns and 2 alabaster fountain dispensers with 3 spigots each; the dispensers are topped with stained and leaded glass fruit and foliate shades; the shades are not the same era as the rest of the soda fountain, but are quite complimentary in tone and color and are of good age; the shades have some closed cracks and one repaired panel; the Coca-Cola lettering on the 2 large central mirrors is a re-creation of the lettering and wording found in a turn of the century photo and certainly reversible should the next purchaser desire. Like many pieces in the museum and collection, this soda fountain has been an integral and highly observed component of the collection and has been enjoyed and admired by thousands of people for many years. The condition and appearance of this lovely soda fountain would easily fit in the EX category.