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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Hobnail glass, silver-topped scent bottle - Birmingham 1904

Edwardian silver-topped hob-nail cut scent bottle, London 1905

A pair of Victorian silver-mounted perfume bottles, each with hobnail cut spherical body; Horton & Allday, Birmingham 1896. Height 14 cm.

A pair of cut crystal and silver perfume bottles, spherical crystal cut with hobnail pattern, each with silver screw-on covers embossed with floral and acanthus leaf designs. London 1895. Height 12 cm

A pair of silver-mounted perfume bottles, each with spherical hobnail cut crystal body, silver collar and hinged cap, engraved initials; Hardy Bros, Birmingham 1913. Height 11.5 cm.

Pair of Hobnail cut crystal perfume containers with sterling silver mounts (Birmingham 1911-12) Maker CM

A Victorian cut crystal eau De toilette bottle with a screw-on silver lid. The bottle's long baton shaped body cut with hobnail pattern. The lid hallmarked 1889 by W.H. Brewis. Length 26.5 cm

Large hobnail cutglass scent bottle of bulbous form mounted with a sterling silver 'Gainsborough Angels' screw top

Two Edward VII silver mounted perfume bottles, ovoid shape with hobnail decoration and perfume with silver band. Victorian Chester 1900: Height 13 cm George V Birmingham 1922: Height 19.5 cm

A pair of Edwardian silver-mounted perfume bottles, each square, hob-nail cut, with stoppers, London 1903. (2) height 14 cm

Edward VII ovoid shaped, hobnail cut glass perfume bottle with a silver top hallmarked for Birmingham 1905

Morgan & Co, unusual late Victorian hobnail cut silver gilt mounted combination scent bottle/vinaigrette, London 1893, together with a Victorian sterling silver mounted flask