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Two hole glass eye drop dispenser (Japan, ca 1933)

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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Hello CW friends,
    No bijou today :-) Something a little bit different.
    This is a glass eye drop dispenser with two openings, dimensions 8x1.5cm (3"x0.5").
    The person I bought it from at the flea market was quite a character. Japanese, but spoke perfect English so that was easier for me. He is better known under the name "Bottle Doctor" in the local/not so local glass community because of his vast knowledge and collection of antique industrial bottles. He gave me so much background about this eye drop dispenser I couldn't write it down fast enough. In fact I lost that memo and can't find it anymore, so stupid of me :-(
    So I can't remember the name of the inventor of this two hole bottle here but I do remember that it was around 1933, at a time when glass supply from Europe was low and Japan had to get creative with its glass manufacturing techniques.
    For the entertainment part, I should mention that The Bottle Doctor is also a musician and artist. He produced a few videos one can see on YouTube, one of them is called "Bottle Hurricane". It's quite funky, if you like all things Japanese and are into bottles (there is a lecture somewhere in the middle) you might have a laugh with this:


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    1. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      He certainly appears to be a great character! Must be a very entertaining man.
      Your explanation about glass shortage and innovation sure rings a bell with me, and I think this is a really interesting and quirky bit of kit!
    2. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 5 years ago
      Thank you everyone for the loves!

      Karen, thank you for your comment! You always have great stories to share with your findings, it means a lot to me that you like this quirky bit! :-)
    3. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      I love this almost forgotten relic !
    4. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 5 years ago
      Thank you very much Phil! Relic is a great word, yes, love your comment!
    5. OneGoodFind OneGoodFind, 5 years ago
      Thank you for the interesting piece, information and a good laugh. :)
      So it took me about forever to figure out you have to post your links as a comment after you post it. :-.
      It's a darn shame. ;)
    6. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 5 years ago
      Thank you OneGoodFind! Glad I was able to entertain you :-)
      LOL the links, yes, well, I figured out NOW! So you're not alone! :-)))
    7. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      Ahhhh, I love, love that video!!! I didn't even need it translated. And what a great guy he is. I would go there just to be around him! How fun and lots of love and life experience he gives so freely ;) Awesome post! Thanks BCV!
    8. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 5 years ago
      Share, what you write is exactly how I felt about him. I'm very happy you could see all this by watching the video. So glad you enjoyed!!

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