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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Murano F&M Ballarin signed perfume bottle with stopper, with original sticker & signed to the base. Condition excellent to good, very minor wear. Height 25.5 cm

Murano F&M Ballarin signed spiral perfume bottle with stopper, with original sticker & signed to the base. Condition excellent to good, very minor wear. Height 22 cm

Murano Campanella millefiore perfume bottle with a gold fleck stopper. Condition excellent to good, very minor wear. Height 13 cm

Murano F&M Ballarin signed spiral perfume bottle with stopper, with original sticker and signed to the base. Condition excellent to good, very minor wear. Height 23 cm

Stephen Morris, hand blown blue glass handkerchief bowl, signed and dated to underside, together with a pair of cylindrical brown glass lanterns and a pair of Murano glass perfume bottles with green inclusions (5), height 18 cm diameter 37 cm. Provenance:

A Murano glass perfume bottle, together with a mirrored, gilt dressing-table tray, matching pin-dish and lorgnette

A glass dish, spiral glass and a perfume bottle, mid 20th century, dish and glass; 1983, perfume bottle, an organic shaped small dish in pale green with a black spider's web design; a conical spiral stemmed glass in the Venetian manner with a painted orang

Murano Zora da Venezia Art Glass oversized perfume bottle. Height 29 cm

Murano Zora da Venezia Art Glass oversized perfume bottle. Height 37 cm

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