Tools in Bottles

Full Pictures and Close-ups: Construction with Tools and Foil

Size Bottle Markings

6 5/8" small square bottle, no markings
Description, including signature and date

This bottle was made by the same artist as made the wishing wells and the whimsey with the carved basket stopper, and possibly the bottle containing a structure strung with pearls, shown in Miscellaneous subjects. It contains a two-level structure decorated with foil paper. On the bottom level are various tools, including a tiny pocket knife and shaving horse*. Sticking up through holes in the level divider are a sword (seen both left and right) and a Masonic-type wand (below right), and a large ax which appears to have come out of one of the holes and fallen down on the side of the sword. On the top is a silver log with a cross-cut saw.

The stopper probably was a hand, perhaps with a book. All that is left is a beautiful cuff with a button. On the stopper is a heart cut out of the wood and embedded with bronze glitter.

*A shaving horse is a bench where woodworkers could sit and plane wood while holding it in a vice with a foot pedal.


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