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The Red Cross Germ Proof Glass Mothpice
|First Posted Aug 22, 2000|
Last update May 14, 2015
From the February 1999 issue of Singing Wires
by Mitch Soroka
The Red Cross is perhaps the most sought after glass mouthpiece out there. It is a 3 part arrangement consisting of (a) the glass section (b) the adapter and (c) the disinfectant materials.
I know of two different types of the glass part and four different types of adapters. Both glass types have large threads which thread into the adapters.
The glass is quite thick and heavy. Both types are embossed with four red crosses painted in the sides of the glass. The one I consider the nicer of the two, I'll call type 1. It has a flat lip that is embossed into the glass with the following: RED CROSS GERM PROOF MOUTHPIECE PATENTED BY E & L MAY 3 - 1910. The other type has slightly thicker glass and a rounded lip. The red crosses are larger then on type 1 and more orange in color. It has raised embossing around the sides that says the following: PAT. BY E & L MAY 3 1910 RED CROSS GERM PROOF GLASS MOUTHPIECE CO.
The four different adapters which usually have Western Electric or fine threads are:
The disinfectant materials were supplied in a kit form that consisted of a round, fat wick, the disinfectant chemical and an applicator referred to as a dripper.
In all versions, the wick was placed in the adapter as illustrated in the photo of the four adaptors below. The wick was soaked with RED CROSS Antiseptic Fluid to kill the germs.
I have see two different bottles... both have labels marked with a red cross and red skull and cross bones. The labels read as follows: