Originally Patience Bottles depicted religious scenes.There are examples of these dating from the late 16th century. Putting items in bottles became more popular in the early 19th century when glass technology allowed the manufacturing of clear glass on a large scale.
As a craft, putting ships in bottles is still going strong. The Bottle Shipwright is the journal of the Ships-In-A-Bottle Association of America.
|One of Harry's bottles|
If there is a star of Impossible Bottles, it would be Harry Eng (1932-1996). Harry was an inventor, magician and school teacher. Using physics and patience he put all sorts of things in bottles from coins, decks of cards, to books and shoes. His specialty was tying large knots inside bottles. How did he do it? Harry took his secrets with him.