Tear catcher

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A tear catcher or tear bottle is an ornamental vase piece, made from colored blown glass. There is an attached glass fixture at the opening of the stem that is formed to your eye.

In Ancient Persia[edit]

In ancient Persia, when a sultan returned from battle, he checked his wives’ tear catchers to see who among them had wept in his absence and missed him the most.

In The Bible[edit]

In the Old Testament of the Bible, in Psalm 56.8, as David prays to God, he is referenced to say “Thou tellest my wanderings, put thou my tears in Thy bottle; are they not in Thy Book”

In Roman Times[edit]

Tear Catchers were commonly used during Ancient Roman times, with mourners filling glass bottles with their tears, and placing them in tombs as a symbol of their respect for the deceased. It was also used to show remorse, guilt, love and grief. The women cried during the procession, and the more tears collected in tear bottles meant the deceased was more important. The bottles used during the Roman era were lavishly decorated and measured up to four inches in height.[1]

Tear bottles were designed with special seals, which allowed the tears to evaporate. By the time that the tears were assumed to have evaporated, the mourning period was considered over.

In Victorian Times[edit]

In the 19th century during the Victorian era in the British Empire tear bottles made a comeback among the wealthy. These were more elaborate than their Roman predecessors, and were often decorated with silver and pewter.[2]



  1. ^ "Tear Bottle History". Tear Catcher Gifts website. Tear Catcher Gifts. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Berens, Kallie. "Tear Bottles". mysendoff.com website. mysendoff.com. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 

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