In the crypt of the Chapel at Farleigh Hungerford Castle in England, lay eight lead coffins, there molded forms an anthropomorphic copy of a human face surrounded by a coffin. Popular with high status burials from the 17th century, these lead coffins contain the pickled remains of Sir Edward Hungerford III and the family of his successor, Sir Edward IV. A hundred and fifty years after their burials, in the now Gothic crumpling remains of the chapel and surrounding castle; the 18th century and 19th century passion for gothic phantasmagoria coupled with the emergence of romantic poetry tourism, began a popular pastime. A hole was drilled into the coffins in the 19th century, where it became fashionable to stick a straw into the holes and sample their contents.
This bottle celebrates this very gothic and very unhealthy historical passtime.
Bottle is hand cast, and styled to the look of the lead Hungerford Coffins.
While the text is a reproduction from the first edition. All the artwork is original based upon the story.
Hand cast and hand painted.
Meant for display purposes only, and not designed to hold liquids. Remains of the Hungerfords or otherwise.
Size: Width 2" Height 5.5" Depth 1.5"