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

Pair of art nouveau French perfume bottles with ornate metal mounts and floral vine decoration, 20 cm high approx

An Edwardian Art Nouveau silver covered scent bottle, the embossed and pierced cover in sinuous floral designs, hinged top and removable neck section, all over the green glass bottle of long ovoid form, some attention required to the shoulder fittings. Lon

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

An Art Nouveau style silver leaf decorated glass perfume bottle, together with a similarly decorated tray and two similarly decorated covered boxes (4)

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