Cross and Crucifix Bottles

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6" Stampted Half Pint on the bottom, "Federal law forbids..." around the top, and on the metal cap "Yellowstone" This bottle is distinguished by the intricate interlocking of the contents. The ladder rungs are mortised into the uprights, the spear and tools are mortised across the cross shaft, and on the reverse side, two snakes are mortised into the arms of the cross. The bottle is signed "L. Taylor Rt. 2 Box 141 Jamestown Tenn" (Full image, front and back)
11 " round quart, no markings A well-carved cross and tools fill this quart bottle, which contains a pale yellow liquid. The liquid in these kinds of bottles usually turns out to be whiskey, perhaps symbolic of the power of the cross to overcome the temptation of drink, or that whiskey eased pain but refilling the bottle with a religious message also eased pain by killing time. (Full length image)
5" round, no markings Despite the small size of this bottle, the carving and whittling on this cross is fine, chip-carving reminiscent of tramp art. A pale yellow liquid fills the bottle. The liquid in these kinds of bottles usually turns out to be whiskey, perhaps symbolic of the power of the cross to overcome the temptation of drink, or that whiskey eased pain but refilling the bottle with a religious message also eased pain by killing time. (Full length image)
7" small apothecary flask stamped "Franz Dotter Apotheker Nurnberg" The carvings in this bottle are mostly plain wood, but the cross is painted black and decorated with a paper cutout of Christ. The tools include a hammer and spear; the base of the cross is surrounded with shaved-stick trees. On the top of the cross, extending into the neck of the bottle, is a cutout rooster. The bottle is dated on the bottom: 5-15-1950. (Full length image)
8" almost square bottle, mold seams on diagonal, no markings The cross is in the middle of a platform; around the sides are all the usual tools: spear, hammer, pliers, flail, ladder, etc. In front of the cross is a chalice and host. Some of the tools are painted silver. The bottle is signed on the shaft going down the neck and on the bottom, where the maker also put his picture: "Gasso Ferencz Urmin Roka 1933."(Full length picture, front and back)
11" round quart, no markings This bottle is distinguished by the carved figures at the base of the cross. The cross itself is decorated with whittled blades like a pinwheel and has a heart-shaped hole at the top. The carved wood is unpainted. (Full length picture)
11" round quart, no markings The cross in this bottle is embellished by spiky stars made of three crossed blades of wood, attached with a black peg. The bottle came from Minnesota and may have been made by the same artist as the bottle containing a cross, tools, and a fan.

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11 1/2" round quart, no markings The crucifix in this bottle is well carved and selectively highlighted with black ink. Christ has a halo made from a thin strip of wood, and wood-shaving flowers stand on either side of the cross. IHS, carved in relief, is on the top of the cross. This bottle artist is represented by four other examples on this website but remains anonymous. The bottles have been found from Connecticut to New Mexico but may have originated in Ohio. (Full length picture and links to other four examples)
11" round fifth or quart, no markings This cross has a paper cutout of Christ and weeping women cutouts at the foot of the cross.Tools are pegged into the arms of the base supports. The contents are decorated with red, silver and gold paint. A red tassle hangs from one arm of the cross; a wooden whittled lantern hangs from the other. This bottle was found in a Chicago home and is dated 9-9-1934, but a bottle by the same artist was sold at auction in Germany in 1993. Two other bottles by this artist are shown on these pages.(Full length picture and links)
10 1/2" glass-stopper apocethary bottle, no markings The cross and tools in this bottle are painted gold and highlighted with blue paint (IHS) and magenta glitter. The use of glitter and the exact same arrangments of contents suggest this bottle was made by the same artist as a similar one with silver glitter. This one is signed on the bottle "Made by W. A. Poole, Reading Pa Oct 12, 1888" (Full length picture and closeups)

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