Civil War Soldier’s Folk Art Carved Whimsy Bottle & Letter

From my friend Jim Schmidt …“check out this lovely folk art in a bottle”.

I think this is pretty cool. Think you will too. Please take the time to visit the listing, look at all of the pictures, read the wonderful write-up and the accompanying letter.

……What a fabulous story! Thank goodness for people who like to keep the history of an item alive, and now it is your turn to keep this special Civil War Spinning Wheel Bottle alive. 


Antique 19th C Antique Civil War Soldier’s Folk Art Carved Whimsy Bottle & Letter

4-Page Touching Story Provenance Letter…

“One soldier carved the Spinning Wheel and put it together in a bottle and gave it to Martha Douglas, the nurse.”

……This 19thC small Folk Art Carving in a Bottle measures only 2 ¼” in diameter by 6 ¼” to the top of the hand carved cork. Inside is a Miniature Yarn Winder. There are four carved posts to the winder however, two have slipped out of their holes. At one point in time, when you turned the carved top, the spinning wheel would move inside, but this no longer works. The rest of this Folk Art yarn winder is perfect and the early medicine bottle is also perfect. Along with this Folk Art Bottle comes a 4-page, hand written letter of Provenance, which tells a wonderful, Civil War Story. Instead of summarizing what this letter says, I have taken the time to transcribe this very touching story.

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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