Visitors to the House of Waterford Crystal factory tour in Ireland may have spotted a special crystal version of the iconic glass Coca-Cola Contour Bottle. We investigate the story behind this high-class glass.

Instantly recognisable

The iconic glass Coca‑Cola Contour Bottle was created in 1915 by the Root Glass Company of Terre Haute, Indiana. Coca‑Cola wanted to stand out from other drinks, with the design brief asking for the bottle to be recognisable even in the dark, or if it was broken.

In 1960, the Coca-Cola-branded Contour Bottle received its first trademark from the US Patent and Trademark Office, followed in 1977 by its second trademark, this time for the bottle’s contour shape alone. In 1977 the Coca‑Cola Contour Bottle also had the rare distinction of being granted registration as a trademark.

The distinctive shape and fluted lines of the Contour Bottle were created by mouth-blowing and hand-sculpting molten crystal.

Coca-Cola Crystal

Like every piece created by the world-famous House of Waterford Crystal, the crystal version of the Coca-Cola Contour Bottle was hand-crafted by Master Blowers, Cutters and Engravers.

The distinctive shape and fluted lines of the Contour Bottle were created by first mouth-blowing and then hand-sculpting molten crystal from a 1300-degree furnace. Once shaped, the diamond pattern above and below the Coca-Cola logo was hand-cut by one of Waterford Crystal’s Master Craftsmen to enhance the sparkle.

Finally, the blank middle panel was shaded by a Master Engraver before the Coca-Cola logo was engraved over the top. Standing at 19 inches tall, a replica of the original crystal Coca-Cola bottle is currently on display on the House of Waterford Crystal factory tour.

Created for a special occasion

The House of Waterford Crystal created the hand-cut crystal version of the iconic Coca-Cola Contour Bottle for Don Keough’s retirement in April 1993.

An influential figure in the history of the company, Don was President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director of The Coca-Cola Company between 1981 and 1993.

The Coca-Cola Company commissioned Waterford Crystal to make an oversized Coca-Cola bottle as a retirement gift for Don. Following this unique creation, a further 50 actual-sized crystal Contour Bottles were ordered and presented to employees as special awards.

Waterford Crystal created the hand-cut crystal version of the iconic Coca-Cola Contour Bottle for Don Keough’s retirement.

On display

You can see a replica of the original over-sized crystal Coca-Cola bottle at the House of Waterford Crystal factory tour. Located in Waterford City, Ireland, the tour reflects on 200 years of crystal manufacturing. The unique crystal Coca-Cola bottle is displayed in the retail store, which is one of the largest collections of Waterford Crystal in the world.