|The carving in this bottle shows off a talented artist. A cross forms the central supports. Attached to the cross is a large heart, whittled in three pieces. On one side is a beautifully carved bird and in front of the heart is an anchor with a whittled chain on top. The bird is the Holy Spirit and stands for Faith; the anchor stands for Hope, and the heart signifies Charity. These symbols are favorites in Christian art.
The maker of this bottle made at least two other Faith-Hope-Charity bottles (one of which is on this website), and I believe he made the two bottles with the gold figures of Jesus on the cross because of the similarity of the carved birds. Click on the bird below to see one of these crucifix bottles; the nearly identical crucifix bottle does not have a bird.
There is another bottle with this theme but made by a different artist.