Here's a genuine early flint glass Civil War period tear catcher vial or "lachrymatory"bottle. These vials were used by both, Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.They were given by a departing soldier to his wife or girlfriend to collect and save her tears. If the soldier was killed, the tears would be poured upon his grave. Tear catchers go all the way back to Roman times over 2000 years ago.
This is an early flint glass vial.... The square bottle is hand blown with wheel cut X's and notches on 2 sides.... Original gold highlight in the deep cut X's...... Crude smoothed pontil base is rounded slightly so wont stand upright on its own.... Crude uneven smooth lip with original gold trim on top.........
Excellent shiny nice condition with no chips or damage. We bought this wonderful original tear catcher, along with a couple others that we will be listing, at an estate sale in Illinois, so it may have been a family keepsake passed down through the family since the 1860s. THIS IS A FIXED PRICE BOTTLE FOR SALE IN MY STORE.
Unless you contact me first. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for your business.... Your friendly fellow collector, Digger Dave Beeler.We stand proudly in support of our military men and women and their families. The item "CIVIL WAR ERA 6 1/2FLINT GLASS LACHRYMATORY TEAR CATCHER VIAL CUT Xs CRUDE LIP" is in sale since Sunday, September 13, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Other Civil War Original Items". The seller is "diggerdaveb" and is located in Hillsboro, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.