Learn about Scent Bottles

In Victorian days scent bottles were often made of pressed glass, with silver or silver-plate rims and cut glass or imitation cut glass stoppers.

Generally, the customer purchased the bottle empty and had it filled by a chemist or perfumier, as ready filled bottles of perfume were not yet on the market.

The variety of shapes was enormous. The larger scent bottles were made in the shape of flagons or decanters. In the 1870s a new design appeared, the double ended bottle. This was a slim cylindrical bottle with a round or polygonal surface. Some were produced in clear glass, some coloured dark blue, red, green, or yellow, and some were decorated in the Nailsea style. At each end were silver or plated caps, which were heavily chased or moulded. One half of the bottle was for scent and usually had a screw cap, while the other end was hinged, often spring loaded for fast access, and was for smelling salts.

Some bottles hinged in the middle, and when you opened them there was the grating of a vinaigrette on one side and on the other a recess with a glass-covered photograph. more...
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A Thomas Webb Burmese glass and silver scent bottle. 1885 London, with partial maker's mark H? over Whw, the globular satin glass in an unusual colourway of pale blue to peach to yellow decorated in the Aesthetic manner by Jules Barbe with trailing prunus

A Victorian Thomas Webb cameo glass perfume bottle, the teardrop form bottle of pale golden hue overlaid with fruiting and leafy branches of cherries; with silver screw top hallmarked London 1885 by Sampson Mordan. Height 8 cm.

A Uranium glass and sterling silver perfume bottle. 1887; Birmingham, with marker's mark for Thomas Webb. The spherical bottle in lemon opaque glass, decorated with gold paste in the distinctive manner of Jules Barbe with exquisite japonaiserie, trails of

A cameo glass and sterling silver perfume bottle and sterling silver funnel, 1880s with later mounts, in the manner of Webb, the rectangular ruby glass interior overlaid with satin and white glass etched with foliage and blossom, with a hinged turban lid,

A sterling silver and tortoise shell topped glass powder jar, together with pair of sterling silver mounted scent bottles jar maker Mappin and Webb, Birmingham, bottles, Cornellius Saunders and Francis Shepherd both with missing stoppers

A Thomas Webb Custard glass and sterling silver perfume bottle, 1880-1890. Silver top, Birmingham 1885? with maker's mark for David & Lionel Spiers, of elongated teardrop form and in the typical opaque 'Custard' coloration with uranium enhancement, decorat

A Webb cameo glass perfume bottle, circa 1890-1900, of elongated tear drop shape and silver mounted with a white overlay, finely carved with marguerites on a chartreuse ground, the silver cover apparently unmarked. Length 12.5 cm

An Art Nouveau silver mounted glass scent phial, by Thomas Webb 1885, in shaded Burmese glass with applied gilded decoration of blossom sprays and butterfly en Japonaisserie, the silver top engraved 'Violet From Daisy', London 1885, 29.5 cm long

A Thomas Webb style perfume bottle, circa 1880, the silver mounted cameo glass bottle with a white overlay finely carved iris and slender leaf decoration on a deep emerald green ground, silver cover hallmarked. 25 cm long

A Thomas Webb & Sons perfume bottle - chicken head cap 1890.

A Thomas Webb cameo glass swan scent bottle 19th century, the bottle shaped as an elongated swans head in white opaque glass carved back to reveal the pale blue under layer, sterling silver cap to end, moulded mark to neck Rd No 11109, 23 cm long

A Thomas Webb cameo glass swan scent bottle 19th century, the bottle shaped as an elongated swans head in white opaque glass carved back to reveal the lemon yellow under layer, silver plated cap to end, moulded mark to neck Rd No 11109, 23 cm long

A small Thomas Webb cameo glass swan scent bottle 19th century, the bottle shaped as an elongated swans head in white opaque glass carved back to reveal the lemon yellow under layer, sterling silver cap to end, moulded mark to neck Rd No 11100, 14.5 cm lon

A cameo glass scent bottle with sterling silver top, possibly Webb

An English silver mounted cameo glass perfume bottle. Thomas Webb & Sons, circa 1890. Height 12 cm

A fine English Mappin & Webb heavy perfume decanter with sterling silver mount

Rare Thomas Webb silver-mounted cameo glass globular perfume bottle

A two colour overlay glass scent bottle, probably Webb

A Thomas Webb & Sons cameo glass scent bottle, of teardrop form, cameo cut with leafing anemone, overlaid in white on a yellow ground, the hinged sterling silver cover of maker's mark Thomas Webb & Sons Ltd, Birmingham 1889, 9 cm high

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