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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Antique Victorian porcelain & silver scent bottle, hallmarks rubbed, circa 1880

Two sterling silver scent bottle cases, hallmarked Birmingham 1899 and 1901, 6.5 cm high and 8.5 cm high

Edwardian sterling silver scent bottle, hallmarked Birmingham 1909.

A Victorian silver mounted scent bottle (A/F missing stopper), Birmingham 1900, approx 13 cm high

An Edward VII silver perfume bottle, loveheart form, chain suspension; H & Co, London, 1903.

A Victorian silver perfume bottle, square form, engraved mythical animals; Horton & Allday, Birmingham, 1884. Weight 126g.

A cranberry glass perfume bottle with sterling silver mounts '1904'

A Victorian green glass double ended perfume bottle and a silver topped cut glass tapered body perfume bottle

Perfume bottle. Sterling silver highly chased decoration with armorial 'P' original glass stopper Chester 1887. Height 5.5 cm

Perfume bottle. Victorian green glass double ended with sterling silver caps

Perfume bottle. Victorian green glass double ended with sterling silver caps

Perfume bottle. Victorian amber glass double ended silver mounted

A Victorian sterling silver mounted cut glass hinged lid cologne bottle by William Comyns, London 1894. 14 cm high

A pair sterling silver and enamel perfume bottles, hallmarked London 1920, with pink enamel top and cut glass base. Height 18 cm approx

Hardy Bros sterling silver cased perfume bottle, hallmarked Birmingham 1920,

Three early hallmarked sterling silver capped scent bottles, hallmarked Birm 1895 hinge lidded; & two other screw capped (both monogrammed, & with dents). Length 9 cm (longest)

A pair of faceted crystal and silver mounted perfume bottles, French, circa 1900, 15.5 cm high

Eiffel Tower sterling silver scent bottle, Birmingham 1911

An Aesthetic movement circular form gilt sterling silver perfume bottle by Sampson Mordan II, London 1881 decorated with birds and blossom

Vintage silver overlay blue glass scent bottle height 18 cm approx

Sterling silver topped perfume bottle hallmarked Birmingham 1910, with cut glass base (as inspected)

Two various hallmarked sterling silver topped crystal perfume bottles. One with spray attachment (as inspected); & the other with internal stopper. Height 18 cm (tallest)

Sterling silver topped scent bottle hallmarked Birmingham 1902, 9.5 cm high approx. 1321a Sterling silver christening cup 200-400 hallmarked London 1812, 145grams

An amber glass Art Nouveau perfume bottle with silver mounts and the original stopper. 13 cm high. Initials possibly MC.

Russian enamel and gilded silver perfume bottle 20th century decorated with flowers on black ground, hallmarked. Height 15.5 cm

A sterling silver overlaid perfume bottle G.E.Walton & Co., Birmingham, 1899 silver modelled with entwined snake neck and kangaroo finial, no crystal stopper 12 cm high

Two silver mounted scent bottles, one of bulbous shape with pink enamel top. Chester 1913; the other of oblong shape with silver top and pierced silver stand. Birmingham 1914

Mexican silver perfume bottle, stamped 925 sterling silver, 5 cm high approx

A pair of silver and cut glass perfume bottles (2) by Henry Matthews, Birmingham, 1927

A Victorian silver scent bottle, tear-drop shape with embossed scrolls; Birmingham 1890. Length 5 cm