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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A pair of Art Deco black glass perfume bottles, each with incised and cut floral decoration with gilt embellishment, silver tops, one with glass stopper, the other with atomiser. London 1929 by Henry Perkins & Sons. Height 15.5 cm

An American sterling silver perfume atomiser, later 20th century, with maker's mark for Kirk Stieff. The circular compact shaped atomiser having an embossed and chased floral top, and having a removed circular section for actioning the black plastic perfum

Four various sterling silver items, including hallmarked sterling silver perfume atomiser, London 1913; perfume bottle; lidded dish, Birmingham 1905; and silver lidded bottle. All with cut crystal bodies. Height 13 cm (total height of atomiser)

A cameo glass perfume atomiser by G. Raspille, French, circa 1905, 18 cm high

A Tiffany sterling silver pocket perfume atomiser, circa 2003. The small slender lidded baluster shape features a repousse pattern of birds and bamboo to the exterior. Stamped to base and with original box and dust bag. Weight 53gr Length 10 cm

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