Rare Antique Victorian Glass Lachrymatory Bottle / Tear Catcher Mourning 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition Chicago
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A Beautiful Victorian Glass Lachrymatory Bottle Or Tear Catcher From The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition In Chicago, Where Hadji Benguiat’s Collection Was On Display. But What’s Really Great About This Piece Is There’s A Spelling Mistake. It Says ‘Word’ Instead Of ‘World’. You Gotta Love It!
Hadji Ephraim Benguiat (1852-1918) was a most knowledgeable dealer in antiques who helped create the first public Judaica Collection in the United States.
Benguiat formed an exquisite collection of Jewish decorative and ceremonial art, rich in beautiful and important textiles and metalwork from Ottoman lands and Italy, as well as Western and Central Europe. He brought his collection to the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893, subsequently it was placed on loan with the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Eventually, Cyrus Adler arranged for the collection to be acquired for the newly formed Jewish Museum of New York, where until today, it is the bedrock of their permanent collection.
Lachrymatory bottles or “Tear Catchers” like this one were sold as souvenirs at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where Benguiat’s collection was on display. Hadji Benguiat’s name is painted on the side.
Condition is good, commensurate with age and use. Structurally sound. Still retains its strong painted text. It doesn’t have its stopper.
Measures 17.5cm x 1.4cm
Weighs 82.39 grams.