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A lacrimal, also known as a tear bottle, is used to catch the tears of the mourning. During the Victorian period of the 19th century, those who were mourning would collect their tears in the bottle with special stoppers that allowed the tears to evaporate. When the tears evaporated, the mourning period would end.
lacrimosa or tear bottles reappeared during the victorian time period of the 19th century. during this time these bottles were used with special stoppers. the mourners would collect their tears and mourn until the tears evaporated, thus showing the end of the mourning period.
✯ Gold Banded Roma Tear Bottle with Matching Tray - The tear catchers, usually used by a widowed bride. Upon the day of the funeral, the widow would collect her tears into this small vile, and all the tears she cried in the first year over the loss of her husband, she would capture in this vile and on the anniversary of his death, she pours the preserved tears atop his gravesite. It’s beautiful, tragic, and prolongs the suffering for ritualistic purposes. It’s quite poetic.✯
Victorian Tear Catcher or Lachrymatory Bottle. In Victorian times some used the bottle as a mourning tool. They would fill the bottle with their tears and use a non-airtight stopper such as the one here. Once the tears were all dried up their mourning period had ended.
Victorian tear catcher. Usually used by a widowed bride. Upon the day of the funeral, the widow would collect her tears into this small vile, and all the tears she cried in the first year over the loss of her husband, she would capture in this vile she would wear upon her neck. On the anniversary of his death, she pours the preserved tears atop his gravesite.
✯ During the Victorian Era, mourners sometimes collected their tears in Gold Decorated "Tear Bottles" to keep as a remembrance for the next of kin. It has also been said that the widows would go to the grave on the anniversary of the first year of death and sprinkle the tears on the grave to signify the end of the first year of mourning.✯
Silver Victorian tear bottle. "The tear bottle tradition has historically been a mourning tradition. They symbolize an intensely personal gift in remembrance of a loved one. Tear bottles were fairly common in Roman times, when mourners filled small glass vials or bottles with tears and placed them in burial tombs as symbols of love and respect."