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Snowshill Manor and Garden, Gloucestershire
One of a pair of witch's bottles. A glass bottle, banded glass – 3 at bottom, two in centre, one around neck, formerly a fire extinguisher filled with multi-coloured silk thread. No stopper. This one is broken at the neck. East Anglican folk lore suggests that if hung inside the house it is protected against witches. In notebook no.2, page 20 (1340945.2) Charles Wade refers to: 'Admiral 58. Three glass Bottles Filled with strands of coloured silk. ?purpose.'
Given to the National Trust with Snowshill Manor in 1951 by Charles Paget Wade.
Wade, 1944: Charles Paget Wade, Contents of Snowshill Manor. Volume 2 The Admiral’s Room, 1944, page 20