Wishing Wells in Bottles

Full Pictures and Close-ups: Wishing Well with Book-in-Hand Stopper

Height Bottle Markings
8 1/2" square, no markings
Description, including signature and date

The wishing well in this bottle has a lot of detail for such a small bottle, although the roof is made of paper decorated with foil. The best part about the inside of the bottle is the whittled wooden chain that loops around the well, through urns at each corner. But the arresting feature of this bottle is the stopper, a carved hand holding an open book (see closeup of both sides below, right). The shaft of the stopper that goes into the neck of the bottle is decorated with Victorian cutouts which also decorate the well itself.

It appears that all six wishing well bottles, as well as number of bottles with tools and miscellaneous four-posted structures were all made by the same person, who possibly came from Vermont or very northern New York state.