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Full Pictures and Close-ups: Family Register

Size Bottle Markings
9 1/4" tall rounded square bottle with fancy pouring lip
Description, including signature and date
The contents of this bottle are carved from flat pieces of craft mahogany and decorated with pasta alphabets. It reads somewhat like a family tree: Mar. 12 1921 on a slice at the top, then below on separate pieces the names Kenneth, Helen, Martha and Patricia. The stopper is a cork with a glass shaft through it, like the kind that would have a pouring spout for measured jiggers. The bottle has to be fairly recent and was made by Amos Beiler, an artist from Lancaster Co., PA.

This bottle is not signed or dated, but Beiler's work was shown in a book on the folk art of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and is very distinctive in style. He made a church scene dedicated to a pastor (which is signed), and also a "tree" of flowers and a bird. He was born 16 September 1899 and died 10 June 1993. His obituary in the Lancaster Intelligencer-Journal of 10 June 1993 reads:

"Amos S. Beiler, 93, ... died early this morning at his home after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Fannie M. Stoltzfoos Beiler, who died in 1991. A retired farmer, he also worked in carpentry and construction. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. Born in East Lampeter Township, he was the son of the late Benjamin F. and Mary Miller Beiler. He is survived by a brother ... and a sister..."


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