Victorian tear bottle

Victorian tear bottle

What is a Victorian tear bottle? Simply put, these are very small decorative blown glass bottles, often with decorative or whimsical metalwork that are unique decorative trifles. Actually the history of tear bottles stems from origins in ancient Persian (now Iran), and later in Roman funerary custom where they were allegedly used to collect tears and then the bottle was left with the deceased. Curiously, analysis of actual antique bottles does not show a residue of evaporated tears, but rather of perfume. In their relentless pursuit of exotic esoterica, Victorians borrowed the concept and produced a plethora of tear bottles that charm and add a romantic miasma to the Victorian interior.

Consider this thoughtful gift for the person who has everything, especially if they have experiences the recent death of a loved one. The modern mind can undoubtedly invent even more uses for a Victorian tear bottle. Perhaps a tragic memorial to unrequited love gone unanswered? The possibilities are endless.