Crosses and Crucifix Bottles

Full Pictures and Close-ups: Cross with Bisque Angels and Lace

Height Bottle Markings
9 1/2" high,
4 3/4" in diameter at the widest
tapered decanter bottle, hand blown and probably early. There is a cut mark in the glass near the bottom of the neck, possibly a mark to measure the wine. The glass is very thin, only 1/32", and is broken in one place. The bottom of the bottle has a sharp pontil.
Description, including signature and date
This bottle is very unusual in that most of the decorations are made of cutout paper and lace. The cross is wooden and painted blue and red. The base is made of two crossed pieces, also wood, and stands on little red wooden feet. And a bar crossing the front of the base is wood, wrapped in a gold strip of paper and holding four thin wooden tools. The rest of the tools, cutouts painted red and gold, are glued to the cross and decorated with paper flowers. Three bisque dolls (closeups below), decorated with gold paper wings and gold flower halos, stand in blue and gold paper tubes next to and in front of the cross. The entire scene is decorated with lace and additional paper flowers. A thin wooden shaft comes up from the top of the cross and is topped with a paper disk for a lid. On the cross are more flowers and a paper INRI plaque. The bottle came from Germany and may have been made by nuns.

crosses 71-80


crosses 91-100