Posted 8 years ago
This ceramic bottle, which my grandmother used to display in her house, has long been a mystery to my family. Family members can recall seeing this "pear man," as we call it, as early back as about the 1950s, though it may pre-date that. It is about 7 inches in height and is a large pear-shaped bottle that seems to, when viewed from the front, be the body of a man. When viewed from the side, however, it turns out that the man's actual body, which forms the bottle handle is very thin and he is only hugging the pear from behind. This intriguing object always inspired much conversation and most of us found it rather disturbing. I remember my grandmother once saying it may have been a liquor bottle of some kind. She lived in Philadelphia but may have received it from a friend or relative who traveled abroad. I've included the markings from the bottom of the bottle but these are also hard to make out--they seem to be either a brand or name of the manufacturer, plus some sort of production number. But I can't figure it out. Any clues would be very welcome!