There was great joy for antique dealers when they learned that a whole generation of Potter fans will be able to save their tears thanks to Hermione’s tear-catching bottle in “Deathly Hallows Part Two.”.
The tear catcher, also known as a lachrymatory bottle or tear catcher, has been around for centuries. There is a mention of them in the Bible. As well as Roman references, Egyptian examples are also available. It is likely that the bottles were associated with wealth since those with extra denarii would have been able to store tears in them.
Tear catchers were adopted by all classes after they were reintroduced in the Victorian era. Grieving family members used special bottles to collect their tears after a loved one passed away. A tiny hole allowed the tears to evaporate from the bottles’ stoppers. As soon as a bottle became dry, it was regarded as the end of the mourning period.
According to TearBottle.com, soldiers gave tear bottles to newlyweds before leaving for duty during the American Civil War. Their wives, distraught by their departure, cried into the glass cylinders, adding tears as bereavement continued. Soldiers returning home will be aware that their wives have been sad during their absence if the bottle is full. To mark the end of the mourning season, the wife of a soldier who died poured the tears she collected on the grave.
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When Aspen’s mining era was at its peak, women shed a lot of tears. A young death was common for them, as life was hard for them. Pregnancy and childbirth death rates were high, as well as infant and child mortality rates. It was difficult for widows to cope with economic challenges after losing a hardworking husband.
It was necessary to hire four undertakers to keep up with the number of Aspenites dying. It was the business of E. Turley that dominated Cooper Avenue. Allen and Wilson faced major competition in the 1890s from South Mill.
He served many years as a coroner during his career. The service of C. Johnsen lasted many years. His business survived until Belden and Beall bought it at the end of the century on the corner of Main and Mill, across from the Jerome Hotel.
There was a prominent location for Belden and Beall in the Collins Block Building. Aspen’s undertakers/embalmers were also furniture dealers as well as undertakers/embalmers. Casket makers’ involvement in furniture was a natural progression from their involvement in funeral services.
As auto dealers sell extras for their vehicles, funeral homes sell funeral accessories today.s not by Victorian undertakers, but by jewellery stores and perfume booth proprietors.