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Crucifix and Cross Bottles
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Height Bottle Markings
11 3/8" tall, 3 1/2" in diameter Unmarked quart whiskey-type bottle
Description, including signature and date
This bottle contains a beautifully carved figure of Christ on a cross which is backed with a chip-carved open oval and two spears. The central shaft of the cross goes all the way up into the neck and is carved. On either side of the cross is a carved urn, but the flowers which should be in the urn have fallen out. In front of the cross is a stand with an open book inscribed "Holy Bible"; the stand has a carved red heart in relief.

This bottle was found in New Mexico, but others have been found in Connecticut and St. Louis. A woman wrote that she recognized these bottles as being made by a man who hung out at the fire station in Cincinnati; she was sure he was a retired fireman. But two people wrote from the deep south (Louisiana and Alabama) that the maker was a hobo who passed through their towns during the Great Depression.

Other bottles made by this maker can been seen on this website. The main difference seems to be whether or not there are carved "rays" radiating out from the center of the cross, but there is no doubt that the same person made them all. Click on these links to see how similar they are: One, Two, Three and Four.

crosses 81-90
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crosses 101-110