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 porcelain scent bottle decorated with a cherub playing the flute, 19th century, 10 cm high

Two petite scent bottles, one gilt metal, the other porcelain, first half 20th century, a gilt metal hinged bottle with profuse scroll work and a turban style cover; and a delightful French white porcelain rectangular flask delicately enamel painted with f

Five glass items: a cruet pair, decanter, jug, and scent bottle, early 20th century and after, Continental and Venetian, bottle shaped cruets with sliced necks, globe stoppers and strawberry cut designs; a small bottle shaped decanter with hobstar designs

Scent Vial holder. Gold gilt brass, French enamelled floral design, micro mosaic centre, hexagon flask shape, with original glass, height 6 cm

Scent bottle. Blue glass overlay, repeating wheel cut design, silver top (missing stopper), length 12 cm

Scent bottle. Clichy glass, yellow & white, internal swirl design, silver lid & corkstopper, length 10 cm

Scent bottle. Deco period, blue & clear glass, silver & blue enamel lid, length 8 cm

A large Edwardian cut crystal and silver scent bottle, the cut spherical bottle with embossed hinged cover enclosing original stopper. Chester 1901. Height 15 cm

A 20th century cut crystal and silver scent bottle, the cut spherical bottle with hinged silver cover enclosing original stopper. Height 11 cm

An early 20th century silver and tortoiseshell topped cut crystal scent bottle, the ovoid body with banded and floral engraved decoration, the silver hinged lid with wide circular tortoiseshell inset top with Adams-type silver inlay, enclosing original fit

Crystal perfume bottle with enamelled top and associated stopper

Pair of sterling silver and cut crystal perfume bottles, hallmarked London 1888

A set of antique perfume bottles and stand, comprising three fitted cylindrical style perfume bottles with silver tops. Sterling silver holder with four squat ball feet. Hallmarked: Birmingham 1909-1911. Maker: Cs & Co.

An Italian silver mounted scent bottle C. 1930, of octagonal tapered facet form with wheel cut floral engraved patterns. Silver neck marked 800 with leaf edging. Facet hexagonal stopper. Height 18 cm.

Two matching silver and cut glass perfume bottles, round form, silver lids with tortoise shell inlay, Birmingham, 1923. Makers mark obscured.

Two Edward VII silver and cut glass perfume bottles, round baluster form, cut glass stoppers (one damaged), silver foliate collars, Cc May & Sons (Charles May), Birmingham, 1907 and Henry Perkins & Sons, London, 1908.

A Loris Azzaro perfume factice, outer made with plastic, glass bottle within, height 35 cm

Vintage Vantine's of New York Japanese lacquer Box with two scent bottles, one with its original label Sandalwood, both with pressed glass flower stopped and raised Vantine's inscribed on the side, box 8 cm high, 9.5 cm wide, 6 cm deep

A Victoria cut glass cornucopia shaped scent bottle, English, circa 1875, complete with glass stopper, embossed silver-gilt mounts and suspension chain, 9 cm long

An antique glass scent and jewellery casket, 19th century, with etched bevelled glass, the filigree trimmed casket raised on cast feet, with two cut glass perfume bottles surmounted by a domed lid with etched decoration opening to a cushioned interior. Hei

Antique Victorian cranberry glass double end scent bottle, marked Birmingham, 1886, approx 11 cm long

A red glass perfume bottle with a metal top and scarf of Nasturtium to the body, height 9 cm

A cameo glass perfume bottle by Emile Galle (1846-1904), circa 1900, Nancy France, the cushion profile rectangular bottle with a cylindrical neck and the original mushroom long stopper, decorated with cameo overlay of trailing bleeding heart decoration in

A cameo glass perfume burner by Emile Galle (1846-1904), circa 1900, Nancy France, the compressed bottle shaped burner with a pierced bronze domed cover supporting the small light fitting, with cameo overlay of aquilegia and lily leaves in aubergine colour

A late Victorian green glass scent bottle of cylindrical form by George Edwin Walton, Birmingham 1900, decorated with engraved and pierced work throughout, in original fitted case, 8 cm long

A Paris porcelain scent bottle, 19th century, with hinged gilt lid depicting country scenes to the front and reverse, 7 cm high

A Victorian double-ended facet cut blue overlay scent bottle, circa 1870, 12 cm long

Hand enamelled green glass perfume bottle, approx 7 cm high

Miniature porcelain figural perfume bottle with removable head stopper, approx 6.5 cm high

A French millefiori perfume bottle with stopper, 19th century. 18 cm

Pair of blue glass antique scent bottles 17 cm high approx.

Vintage Guerlian Jicky scent bottle in box, approx 10 cm high

Leather cased three bottle perfume box by Rimmel - London

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

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

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