Here is a Victorian tear catcher, also known as a lachrymatory bottle, from the Latin “lacrima” for “tears.”
Tear catchers are scarce relics that speak to the Victorians’ peculiar and romantic attitudes towards death and the boom of the 19th century mourning industry. It’s said that a widow would collect her tears in the bottle and sprinkle them at the grave of her husband to mark the end of her mourning period.
I’m very lucky to have found one with a stopper! Those are easily lost.