Scenes and Buildings

Scenes Not by Carl Worner, page 2

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9 1/2" thick, wide flask-shaped bottle, flat on front and back, perhaps a fifth; no markings. This bottle contains a blacksmith shop, built to fit tightly within the shape of the tapered bottle. A blacksmith is working on a horseshoe at his anvil. Tools lie around him on the floor. A fireplace and chimney are carved in great detail, and three horseshoes hang on the wall. Most of the wood is natural, but the chimney, the blacksmith's hair and shirt are colored. A sign over the shop reads "The Village Blacksmith." The bottle was found in Kansas City. (Full image and closeup)
c8" 18th century rounded rectangle jug This amazing bottle is in a British museum and dates from 1719, It was made by German-born Matthias Buchinger, born without hands or feet. (More about this bottle and more pictures)
10" like a syrup bottle This bottle was made by the same artist who made the family record shown in Miscellaneous subjects. It contains a picture of a church cut out of 1/16" mahogany in two colors, with a rabbit, flowers and birds. Over the church is a sign with lettering made out of what looks like alphabet pasta, reading "The Good Pastor Gilbert B. Furst." On the back, it is signed "A. L. Beiler" in pencil. Amos Beiler lived in Lancaster Co., PA. (Full image and closeup of top)
10 3/4" large pharmacy-type bottle This is the only bottle known to have been made by a woman. It is signed Lisa Rauter on the outside of the stopper and was made in about 1988; Ms. Rauter lives in Cincinnati. The bottle contains a tree with several branches. On the roots are mushrooms and a snake. Climbing the trunk are a cat and a snail, and on one branch is an owl, leaf and dangling acorn; on another is a bird's nest and egg. The carving is quite detailed. (Full image and detail)
9 1/4" rectangular; found in Budapest This bottle contains a blue three-sided structure with a printed scene of Christ's entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday inside the "box". Surrounding the picture are white silk roses. On the back of the box is a handwritten note in Hungarian. The date 1884 is readable, but I can't tell whether that is the date of the bottle. (Full length picture and closeup)
10" square quart, no markings It is difficult to see this bottle in the photograph, but it contains, filling the bottle completely, a green building like a castle with some windows and doors and fancy cut work. (Full image)
11" long,
6" in diameter
jug on its side This bottle is difficult to see in photographs, but it contains a scene of a farm, including a farmer, barn, and cow. The entire scene is surrounded by a white picket fence. (Full image)
ca 11" gallon jug with wire handles This bar scene is named "H & E Bar" at the top. Under the canopy of the top is the bar counter with the bartender, a cash register, and liquor bottles behind him. Three American flags decorate the walls. Three patrons are in the bar, one standing wearing a hat, another seated at a small table with drinks in their hands. On the right is a black janitor with a broom. Under the floor are "crates" with labels, such as OLD CROW, penciled on them. (Full image and closeup)
35" in all; bottom piece 21", middle 8", and top 4" bottom like a water cooler jug, middle and top are glass globes, perhaps lightning rod globes This is not a single bottle because it is three different sections. The bottom section contains a saloon scene with men at a bar and "Remy LeFleur" over the bar. One of them has a small jewel in his necktie. In the middle section is a table and four card players. The cards are about 1/4" high and have values on them. In the top globe is a boxing ring with two boxers. The carving is folky, and the bottom scene is more painted that the two on top. Barrels under the floor of the bar have 1905 tax stamps. (Full image)
16" including stopper (bottle alone is c10"),
4 3/4 in diameter
Thin glass bottle, no markings; broken in one place This bottle is an example of a whittling master's craft. The house in the center is notched and pegged together with whittled locks and decorated around the bottom with dangling whimsey chains. The house turns on a base of four supports, each of which is carved like a gargoyle. A shaft comes down to the roof, connecting it to a massive whittled fist stopper; which holds a stirrup decorated with two whimsey chains. The stopper appears to be one piece of wood. It is signed E. A. Burlingame, Lansing, Mich. (Full image and lots of details)

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