Cross and Crucifix Bottles

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Description (click on small picture to see larger pictures and closeups)
Bottle markings
13" tall,
4 1/2" in diameter
large plain bottle shows on the bottom where it was broken off the glassblower's tool. This bottle, from Paris, France, contains an intricately made altar. The base pieces are dovetailed together on four painted feet. The altar is decorated with strings of beads. On top are two potted roses, four candles, two crosses, and a central tabernacle with chalices on both sides. On the tabernacle are two more potted flowers, four more candles, and a metal crucifix. The entire assembly is attached to the stopper pieces which have more beads and a bit of silver filet net. (Full images and closeups)
9 1/2" about 500 ml, flat on the front and rounded on back The cross in this bottle is extremely simple, but behind it is a sword stuck in the ground, with a white (real) feather sticking through the hilt. It can be seen as meaning the pen is mightier than the sword, but the cross is the mightiest of all. The stopper of this bottle is a carved head. (Full image)
8 1/4" square bottle This bottle contains a beautifully carved figure of Christ on the cross in a scene created with several layers of Victorian cutouts. Jesus is flanked by two saints, and at his feet are two running cupids. The back and both sides of the bottle are covered with more cutouts, mostly flowers, hands, and Valentine sentiments. The front has a window made by a ring of roses topped with a cross, giving the effect of a little shrine. A sticker in the bottom says "Valentine Mauere Pottsville Schuykill County Penna" (Full image and closeups)
5 3/8" high,
2 1/4" in diameter
round bottle. screw top, "Duraglas" at the bottom edge This little bottle contains a green cross with several yellow tools. Arranged across the front of the cross are several candles. On the top of one of the base supports is the name "M. Giovanno," and around the sides of the base pieces are more words: "E Meda M. B (or 8) 1 I 305618 A.W. 131 Marsilia, Ricordo 5-7-45." Marsilia is Italian for Marseilles and Ricordo means "made." The numbers could be a military unit, or a POW number. (Full image, two sides)
6 " square bottle The cross in this bottle is painted bright blue, which does not show in the photograph. It is decorated with three nails, pliers and the INRI plaque cut out of heavy paper. A tiny crown of thorns is woven out of natural material. A carved wooden rooster stands on top of the cross. The cross is placed diagonally in the bottle. (Full image)
11 3/4" round fifth, with A4E C 10 UGB stamped in a square on the bottle This tall thin bottle has a cross and tools, all painted white with a few accents in black and dark green. The wooden stopper is carved into a kind of star shape if you look down on it. (Full length image and closeup)
13" including carved ball-in-cage stopper round screw-top bottle This rather large bottle contains a cross and the various "tools of the passion", such as mallet, saw, pliers and ladder. The stopper, which has two bars through it inside the neck, extends upwards three inches with a ball-in-cage whittled whimsey and a whittled head on top. (Full image)
11" round quart, no markings The cross in this bottle has two crossed spears on the front, nailed in place with large brass tacks. The ladder reaches up into the neck of the bottle. It is signed P. T. Kreid and dated 1911. (Full image)
5 3/4" high,
2 3/4" in diameter
round, no markings; cork is new, put it to keep dirt out The cross in this bottle is made of simple strips of wood, not whittled or painted. The base is two crossed pieces of the same wood. The tools include a hammer, two nails, a small ladder and crossed spears which are decorated in red foil. A square piece of wood, also decorated in red, stand in front of the cross on a post. The figure of Jesus on the cross was cut from a color picture on glossy paper. (Full image)
9 1/4" high,
3 1/2" in diameter
round early iron pontil bottle, pale green glass with lots of bubbles The cross and tools in this bottle are mostly painted white. The figure of Jesus is carved; his eyes and mouth are painted or drawn with heavy pencil. Two figures, no more than pegs with heads, "dressed" in red cloth, stand on either side of the cross on the bottom with sad faces. A nicely lettered sign with "I.N.R.I." is mortised into the cross at the top. The bottle is very old, mid-nineteenth century, but the contents may not date from the same period. (Full image and closeups)

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