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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Leather cased three bottle perfume box by Rimmel - London

Art glass and plated top perfume bottle, Height 19 cm approx

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

A Victorian heart shaped silver perfume bottle, later 19th century, the bottle of cushion profile having a screw top low domed lid, profusely embossed in the rococo manner with flora and scrolls, with a small chain attachment to both shoulders; unmarked, t

Two Victorian silver top cut glass perfume bottles, 1894 Birmingham, with maker's marks for Charles May (bullet bottle). A bullet shaped screw top perfume with a chequered hob nail design to the body and a foliate embossed top, hallmarked to the body; the

A Victorian cased glass silver top perfume bottle, later 19th century, the shaped and cut rectangular bottle in clear glass overlaid with deep emerald, silver mounted and having a hinged rococo style embossed turban top, with the original fan shaped stoppe

A Victorian glass silver topped perfume bottle, later 19th century, the small straightsided bottle of slightly cushion form in nephrite green opaline glass with slice cut borders to the shoulders and base, surmounted by a turban shaped hinged top embossed

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.

Victorian green faceted glass double sided perfume bottle with two hinged wheat sheaf ends. Condition good, minor wear. Length 12 cm

Victorian green faceted glass double sided perfume bottle with two wheat sheaf ends, one hinged & one screw top. Condition good, loose thread. Length 11 cm

Two Isle of Wight Art Glass perfume bottles, 11 cm high (tallest) approx.

A Russian silver-gilt and cloisonne enamel scent bottle, mark of Grigory Sbitnev, Moscow 19th century with floral and foliate tendril roundels on a scale ground, 8.5 cm high.

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

Gradulated pair early green glass perfume bottles. Both two sectional with hinge & screw caps. Smaller with dents to 1 lid. Length 13 cm & 10 cm

Two antique press moulded glass perfume bottles. Late 19th century, the bottles each of faceted form with flattened collars, waisted necks and cup form rims holding the original cut glass spherical stoppers, one decorated with an incised diamond motif to t

A silver topped glass perfume bottle, 1909 Birmingham, with maker's mark for C.C May & Sons (Charles May), the globular bottle with alternating vertical panels of navette stars and fine hobnails surmounted by a spherical top embossed with rococo scrolls on

An Edwardian silver topped glass perfume bottle, 1910 London, with partial maker's marks, the diamond point and radiant cut square bottle with a stepped collar and the original glass stopper surmounted by a spherical silver top embossed with scrolling foli

Large art glass perfume bottle together with perfume puffer (as inspected). Height 15 cm approx

Vintage silver overlay blue glass scent bottle height 18 cm approx

Vintage Vantine's of New York Sandalwood Scent bottle, Vantine's raised writing on the side with original label with glass flower stopper cased in a black lacquer box, box approx 6 cm high, 5 cm wide, 5 cm deep

Lyndon over, two glass perfume bottles, signed height 15.5 cm

A Reynolds angels design perfume flask. Maker William Comyns. London 1900. 12.5 cm high.

A pair of Meissen porcelain perfume bottles, later 19th century, the double gourd bottles with small domed and floral embellished covers, each decorated with painted and gilded cartouches of romantic couples in the manner of Watteau; with double crossed sw

A French Cupid perfume bottle, 19th century; unmarked, in the rococo manner, the petite figure of a kneeling Cupid with his bow across his knee and a flower encrusted quiver to his back, a small red heart beside him, the top of the quivers serving as the s

Perthshire Millefiori perfume bottle with faceted body & stopper. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Height 14 cm

Chris Pantano 'Uluru' Art Glass perfume bottle of tapered form, with a stopper. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Dimensions 21 x 9 cm

Chris Pantano 'Uluru' Art Glass perfume bottle with a stopper. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Dimensions 22 x 6 cm

Chris Pantano 'Rainforest' Art Glass perfume bottle with a stopper. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Dimensions 18 x 11 cm

Chris Pantano 'Dreamtime' Art Glass perfume bottle with a stopper. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Dimensions 18 x 7 cm

Chris Pantano 'Body' Art Glass perfume bottle with a stopper. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Dimensions 17 x 7 cm

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