Tear Bottles 
A Captivating & Poignant History

  Tear Bottles have been a part of our world's history for three Millenia. Historians have found their evidence in ancient Rome, Egypt and other middle eastern societies and in nations around the world.  Legend has it that our ancestors have used the small glass vessels to collect their tears, as a means for mourning and respect. Today, modern Tear Bottles are given to symbolize the emotions of love, joy, sorrow and remembrance. The gift of the tear bottle is often given at times of loss and bereavement, weddings, births, graduations, anniversaries and other rites of passage.  They are a popular gift item and a heartfelt keepsake to treasure a petite memento of a loved one or special occasion (such as tears, a lock of hair, earth from a special place). 

Physical Characteristics:
  The Tear Bottle is commonly called a lachrymatory or a tear catcher. It measures about two to four inches in height. Most are made of glass or ceramic and the body of the bottle is shaped in the form of a tear drop. The vessel, usually has a tall narrow neck and a small decorative cap. The cap connects to a stopper and is often made out of a rubber seal, to preserve the tears or a cork, to allow for evaporation.

"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love." - WASHINGTON IRVING


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