Lachrymatory or perfume bottle??
I’ve seen these referred to as “tear catchers” for years.
This term seems to have come from the small bottles found in ancient Roman and Greek tombs that people speculated to be vessels that mourners would cry into (though there is a lack of evidence that this is true).
We all know how the Victorians loved their ancient history, so perhaps this myth/theory was perpetuated during this time and became associated with these bottles as well.
I haven’t been able to find any historical evidence of these perfume bottles actually being used for this kind of mourning ritual, but I like to keep an open mind, so please send me any sources you might have! I’m fascinated by how certain myths and practices have begun and I’m always eager to learn more ✨
One thing is for certain, however—these were used as perfume bottles historically, likely as temporary vessels.
This bottle is extra large and has its original stopper in place, secured to the bottle so it will not be list (likely how it originally was purchase!). It even has some remaining dried perfume inside, and you can smell the fragrance. It has the characteristic shape and gold painted design.
+++ Measurements +++
8" long including the stopper
+++ Condition +++
Lovely condition overall with some minor age-related wear.
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