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...

Learn about Factice

In the nineteenth century a lady possessed her own scent bottle which was refilled by the pharmacist or perfumier as required. With the advent of perfume being sold in bottles produced by the manufacturers, there arose the need to market the product, and thus a marketing version of each scent bottle was required. These bottles are known as factices, and they are generally loaned to the store by the manufacturer for display, and then returned. They are usually replicas of the product they represent, but in many cases are 10 or 20 times larger so they catch the eye of the customer. A factice is not usually filled with perfume but with a substitute such as coloured water.
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

A factice of Joop 'Rococo', glass and plastic, filled with coloured liquid. Height 26 cm. Width 24 cm. Depth 15 cm

A factice of Calvin Klein 'Escape', glass and plastic, filled with coloured liquid. Height 23 cm. Diameter 13 cm

A factice of Givenchy 'Hot Couture', glass and plastic, filled with liquid, on a stand. Height 38 cm. Width 13.5 cm. Depth 14 cm

A factice of Givenchy 'Pour Homme', glass and plastic, filled with liquid. Height 33 cm. Width 17 cm. Depth 8 cm

A factice of Yves Saint Laurent 'Opium', with tassel on braided rope, plastic, not filled. Height 26 cm. Width 25 cm. Depth 18 cm

A factice of Calvin Klein 'Obsession', glass and plastic, filled with coloured liquid. Height 15 cm. Width 29 cm. Depth 18 cm

A factice of Joop 'Rococo', glass and plastic, filled with coloured liquid. Height 26 cm. Width 24 cm. Depth 15 cm

A factice of Isabella Rossellini 'Manifesto', glass and plastic, filled with liquid. Height 26.5 cm. Width 18 cm. Depth 18 cm

A factice of Calvin Klein 'Obsession', glass and plastic, filled with coloured liquid. Height 15 cm. Width 29 cm. Depth 18 cm

A factice of Kristel Saint Martin 'Parfum D'or' frosted and clear glass, filled with coloured liquid. Height 17.5 cm. Width 19 cm. Depth 8.5 cm

A factice of Yves Saint Laurent 'Paris' glass and plastic, filled with coloured liquid. Height 17 cm diameter 15 cm

A factice of Givenchy '?' Glass and plastic, filled with coloured liquid. Height 32.5 cm. Width 20 cm. Depth 10 cm

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