Tear Bottles Past
The history of the tear bottle is captivating and
poignant. Legends of tear bottles or lachrymatories abound in stories of Egypt
and middle eastern societies. Tear bottles were prevalent in ancient Roman
times, when mourners filled small glass vials with tears and placed them in
burial tombs as symbols of love and respect.
In the Old Testament of
the Bible, the notion of collecting tears in a bottle appears in Psalm 56:8
when David prays to God, Thou tellest my wanderings, put thou my tears in
Thy bottle; are they not in Thy Book? Davids words remind us that
God keeps a record of human pain and suffering and always remembers our
Tear bottles reappeared during the Victorian period of the
19th century, when those mourning the loss of loved ones would collect their
tears in bottles ornately decorated with silver and pewter. The mourning period
would end when the tears evaporated from the bottle.
Tear Bottles Present
Tear bottles today are given to symbolize joy and love for
others important rites of passage. Births, adoptions, graduations, and
weddings are occasions where a lasting gift like a beautiful tear bottle will
surprise and delight loved ones. During times of sadness, such as illness or
death, a tear bottle or lachrymatory is especially meaningful and can express
deep sympathy to loved ones. Some women choose to use the bottles; others give
them as purely symbolic gifts.
Ones life has value so long
as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship,
indignation, and compassion. - Simone de Beauvoir
Why a Tear Bottle by Timeless
Timeless Traditions uses only high quality materials and
craftsmanship for the production of our tear bottles. The imported French
glass bottles are uniquely encased with metalwork and finished in gold plate,
nickel silver, pewter, antique copper, and brass. The flame-worked,
contemporary designs are made in Montana.