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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Two Victorian small perfume bottles, one ruby glass and one green, both have stoppers

A ruby glass double ended perfume bottle with stopper

Perfume bottle. Victorian ruby glass double ended

Ruby red scent bottle and lidded bowl, 25.5 cm approx, ( bottle)

Three ruby glas overlay perfume bottles, tallest measuring 14.5 cm

Ruby glass scent bottle with sterling silver top, Birmingham 1895

A collection of glass including a pair of overlaid ruby glass vases, six glass bowls, three paperweights, and three perfume bottle

A silver topped ruby glass perfume bottle, later 19th century. The cushion shaped waisted bottle, faceted and incised, having a foliate scroll hinged turban top with a glass stopper; unmarked. Height 9.5 cm

A Victorian ruby and silver gilt scent bottle and vinaigrette, circa 1870, English, of faceted cylindrical form with a glass lined spring hinged lid, both lid and scrolled vinaigrette unmarked. Length 10 cm

A Victorian ruby glass and silver perfume bottle, circa 1860s, English, the teardrop shaped stopper with incised designs to the side, having a hinged repousse turban lid with patterns and foliate designs, with glass stopper; unmarked. Height 8.5 cm

A cameo glass and sterling silver perfume bottle and sterling silver funnel, 1880s with later mounts, in the manner of Webb, the rectangular ruby glass interior overlaid with satin and white glass etched with foliage and blossom, with a hinged turban lid,

A Moser perfume bottle, late 19th century, a clear tear drop cushion shaped flask encasing a ruby vial and embellished with gilt arabesques and a central band in gold and enamels with floral motifs, having a hinged gilt turban lid and original glass stoppe

Iridescent ruby glass vase and a pink milk glass scent bottle (2)

A Victorian period ruby glass double ended scent bottle and vinaigrette, cylindrical with faceted sides, the perfume bottle with hinged silver plate cover, the vinaigrette with hinged cover opening to reveal a pierced foliate grill. Length 9 cm

A 19th century Bohemian ruby glass perfume bottle, ten-sided squat baluster shape with knopped neck, conforming mouth and stopper, decorated with overlaid white enamel and highlighted with gilt decoration of vine leaves, flowers and swags. Height 15 cm

A Victorian double ended ruby glass scent bottle, the facet cut glass with silver plate tops. Length 11.5 cm

A ruby glass and silver gilt perfume bottle, late 19th century, an oval cushion shaped bottle with a spring loaded finely engine turned lid and collar with original glass to the inside of lid, monogrammed. Height 8.5 cm

A ruby glass and sterling silver perfume bottle, 1907, Levi & Salaman Birmingham, the cylindrical shaped bottle with a hinged repousse lid, the interior gilt washed and containing the original glass stopper. Height 6.5 cm

A Victorian ruby and silver glass scent bottle, late 19th century, of faceted rectangular form, with a richly decorated hinged repousse lid and original glass stopper within; unmarked. Height 9.5 cm

A very fine Victorian ruby and silver gilt scent bottle, by Sampson Mordan, London, 1873, of simple shouldered rectangular form with a glass lined hinged lid, finely engraved and with vacant cartouches to lid and base, with all original components, includi

Victorian ruby glass perfume bottle with stopper and silver-gilt mounts

Ruby perfume bottle with hallmarked silver top C.1900

Three Victorian silver mounted ruby glass perfume bottles 7-10 cm

Early ruby glass perfume bottle. Hand painted applied cartouche of a girl and gold highlights. Some rubbing. Height 12 cm

A ruby glass scent bottle, circa 1880, the facet cut oval shaped bottle with hinged silver lid. Height 6.5 cm

A Victorian sterling silver and ruby glass scent bottle, George Unite. Birmingham. 1871/72, the rounded top above a square ruby red glass body with a lower hinged lid enclosing a gilt floral pierced vinaigrette. Height 9.5 cm

Two Victorian silver mounted ruby glass double-ended perfume bottles, 12 and 13 cm high

Ruby and white glass overlay perfume bottle painted with floral detail. Height 16 cm

Hallmarked sterling silver silver Victorian ruby perfume bottle

Sterling silver topped ruby glass facet cut ladies perfume bottle hallmarked Birmingham 1902. Height 12.5 cm

A double ended ruby glass and silver perfume bottle and smelling salts

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