Lay down bottles, or the Tear Catcher : Victorian Mourning traditions. Folk lore has it that along with wearing black for extended periods of time, making brooches, art and elaborate wreaths out of human hair- they also wept into glass vials called Tear Catchers. Also called “lachrymatory bottles,” tear catchers were thought to be a measure of ones grieving time. It is said, once the tears cried into them had evaporated, the mourning period was over. However morbidly romantic this notion was, it was simply untrue. As much as we love that theory… the actual truth is much more fitting to our line (even more so than the Tear Catcher story) it is believed that these lachrymatory bottles were nothing more than perfume bottles.