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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Two early faceted crystal scent bottles. Both sectional, 1 with vinaigrette, the other in original box (hinge A/F). Metal caps. Length 8.5 cm &12 cm

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

Antique cut crystal horn form perfume bottle, approx 9 cm long

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

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

English hallmarked sterling silver George V crystal double scent bottle with a facet cut shape, both sides having screw top caps, one being a faux hinge cap. London, 1927, maker Sampson Mordan & Co condition good to fair, minor dents to the lids, some clou

Art Deco black and clear crystal perfume bottle measures 11.8 cm high

Two silver topped & crystal scent bottles, one hallmarked Birmingham & the other unmarked, 7.5 cm high (tallest) approx.

Three cut crystal perfume bottles, with silver finials and lids, together with a circular cut crystal box (4)

Orrefors crystal perfume bottle signed to base, measures 11.5 cm high

Amber crystal perfume bottle, boxed cake forks and a boxed christening set (3)

A small Lalique crystal perfume bottle with dove stopper. 7 cm high

Three cut crystal glass boat shape vases, together with a perfume bottle & 2 cruets

Edwardian hallmarked sterling silver perfume bottle etc. Birmingham 1901, maker's mark rubbed; crystal glass body; and double ended glass perfume bottle (cracked); and silver ? bottle cover. Height 14 cm. (crystal perf. Bottle)

Two various French perfume items, including crystal perfume bottle with fan shaped stopper; and brass, lidded brule on fitted stand. Height 22 cm. (brule)

A fine Dutch rock crystal and gold mounted scent bottle, first half 20th century, with oak leaf gold mark for 1906-1953 period, a standing cushion shaped scent bottle with a diamond cut reserve to one face and a delicately engraved gold medallion to the ot

Crystal perfume bottle with sterling silver top, Chester c. 1901. Height 15 cm

An Edwardian silver and cut crystal perfume bottle, the domed hinged lid with embossed scrolls and florals enclosing a fitted stopper, the tall square section cut crystal body with diamond and cushion deep cut decoration. Birmingham 1901 by Arthur Willmore

Two Victorian silver mounted crystal scent bottles, Birmingham 1877 and 1879, a pin box, Birmingham 1877, and a silver powder bowl, Birmingham 1938, The largest 13 cm high

An Edwardian silver and crystal perfume bottle, the spherical wheel cut decorated bottle with a heavily embossed silver top. Birmingham 1906. Diameter 8.5 cm

An Edwardian silver and crystal perfume bottle, the wheel cut decorated hexagonal form bottle with silver collar, marks rubbed. Diameter 10 cm

A collection of sterling silver mounted, cut crystal and faceted glass scent bottles, some 19th century

Sterling silver mounted crystal scent bottle, with glass stopper. Rose & floral design to lid. Height 8.5 cm

English hallmarked sterling silver crystal trinket box and perfume bottles consisting of a crystal trinket box monogrammed 'E.M.C.' Birmingham, 1907, maker Synyer & Beddoes length 11 cm. Green glass double sided decadon scent bottle with silver lids. Lengt

Lalique Cactus perfume bottle design number 11365, stamped 'Crystal, Lalique, France' (AF). Height 12 cm

A fine Victorian cut crystal scent bottle with a mounted and hinged sterling silver lid by Charles Edwards of London 1893

A modern Lalique 'Grande Pomme' perfume bottle, the frosted body surmounted by a stopper of clear crystal formed as two leaves and a short stem. Signed under the base. Height 13.5 cm

Silverware: group comprising 3 Chinese silver Angostura Bitters bottles (some damage); Victorian sterling silver top crystal vanity bottle with glass Crown stopper; south Asian silver finished perfume bottle. Mixed condition (4 items)

An early 20th century cut crystal scent bottle, mallet bodied form, the silver covered stopper with dimpled effect

An English cut crystal and sterling silver perfume bottle, Birmingham 1926/7, with maker's mark for Miller Bros, of globular form with a long slender neck, in modulating hues of amber to clear, facet cut to the neck with a cut diamond and fan motif to the

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

Pair of sterling silver and crystal perfume bottles hallmarked London 1913, Maker J H Worrel. Losses

Vintage French crystal perfume bottle with fitted gilt metal stand, overall height with stopper,15 cm

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