Folk Art & Whimsies in Bottles

Folk Art, Bottle Whimsies and Ships in Bottles have captivated imaginations and intrigued collectors since they first appeared. We find them prominently displayed on mantles, in bookcases, and on desks as a collection or an individual specimen. They are wonderful conversation pieces that never fail to raise the question, “How did they put this in a bottle?” They have proven to be a strong investment over time and the outlook for increasing values and collectability looks very bright and growing stronger.

While some art forms have been around for thousands of years, the first bottle whimsies did not appear until translucent glass bottles and containers were developed and generally available to the public. The earliest clear bottles were very rare, expensive, and prized possessions. In time and as they became more available, it is not surprising that craftsmen found these bottles to be excellent containers for their creations. They learned how to carve their folk art into small pieces that would fit through the small neck of the bottle so that they could be reassembled inside. The artists loved the challenge and were soon building nearly anything that could be imagined inside the container using homemade tools and learned techniques. Common among the items crafted were chairs and other furniture, fans, reels, niddy-noddies, winders, religious scenes, patriotic themes, scenes with people and animals, clipper ships and other nautical dioramas, to name a few. To complete the bottle and protect its contents, amazing and intricate stoppers were developed, often with cross pieces going through the wooden stopper inside the bottle making it impossible to remove. The custom stands on which the bottles rest are often works of art themselves.


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1006 - 1886 Yarn Winder in a Bottle

1006 - 1886 Yarn Winder in a Bottle

This 131 year old signed and dated folk art bottle was made in 1886 by A. Liberoth and it contains a..

$450.00

1007 - IOOF Chair in a Bottle

1007 - IOOF Chair in a Bottle

Folk art chair in the bottle signed by artist and dated. This little wood chair with a woven seat wa..

$225.00

360 - Crucifixion Scene in a Bottle

360 - Crucifixion Scene in a Bottle

This is an exceptionally detailed and well made scene of the crucifixion.  Inside the bottle is..

$560.00

433 - 1902 Cross and Symbols in bottle

433 - 1902 Cross and Symbols in bottle

This 116 year old bottle was built in 1902 and contains a large cross and numerous religious symbols..

$120.00

434 - Crucifixion Scene with 4 Guards in Bottle

434 - Crucifixion Scene with 4 Guards in Bottle

This extraordinary crucifixion scene shows a wonderfully carved figure of Jesus hanging on the cross..

$600.00

438 - Josef Stalin Mk II Tank in bottle

438 - Josef Stalin Mk II Tank in bottle

This is a wonderful model of the "Josef Stalin Mk II" Russian military tank built in a John Walker &..

$90.00

439 - German Tank "PzKpfw III" in bottle

439 - German Tank "PzKpfw III" in bottle

This is a great model of a German  PzKpfw III Tank, the Panzerkampfwagen III, more commonly ref..

$90.00

440 - Sherman Tank, Tractor, Trailer in bottle

440 - Sherman Tank, Tractor, Trailer in bottle

This is an amazing model of a 6 x 4 Scammell R100 Tractor pulling a M4 A1 Sherman tank on a Rodgers ..

$120.00

449 - Crosses with Symbols in bottle

449 - Crosses with Symbols in bottle

This is a turn of the 20th century Listerine bottle containing three crosses and many religious symb..

$100.00

450 - Jesus with Angels Scene in bottle

450 - Jesus with Angels Scene in bottle

This is a scene of the crucifixion with multiple religious symbols.  The figure of Jesus is fro..

$90.00

451 - Jesus with Roman Guards Scene in Bottle

451 - Jesus with Roman Guards Scene in Bottle

This is a very interestingly conceived scene of Jesus hanging at the cross with 4 sentries on each s..

$300.00

461 - Crucifixion and Symbols in a Bottle

461 - Crucifixion and Symbols in a Bottle

This is a very well-made crucifixion scene with hand carved wooden pieces and the figure of Jesus fr..

$90.00

465 - Cross with Religious Symbols in bottle

465 - Cross with Religious Symbols in bottle

This highly decorated and beautiful depiction of the cross of Jesus with numerous religious symbols ..

$170.00

470 - Bucksaw in bottle

470 - Bucksaw in bottle

This is a very well-made bucksaw built in a 1930's Duraglas druggist bottle.  The bucksaw is in..

$60.00

475 - "The Keefer Cottage" in a Light Bulb

475 - "The Keefer Cottage" in a Light Bulb

This is a fantastic huge model of a two story log cabin built inside a 1500 watt light bulb by ..

$450.00

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