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 French silver mounted Bohemian fan shaped red overlay glass scent bottle, circa 1870 with fine gilt decoration throughout, floral embossed silver hinged cap and glass stopper, 11 cm long

A Bohemian red overlay facet-cut glass scent bottle, 19th century, with fine gilt decoration throughout and embossed sterling silver cap, 8 cm long

Bohemian glass perfume bottle etched Desna to base, 12 cm high approx.

An Art Deco style perfume bottle, probably Czechoslovakian, the cut glass bottle of tapering quatrefoil design with fan shaped incisions, with a striking olive green stopper resembling agate, with a cut and moulded design of a young woman holding a cascadi

A Bohemian overlaid glass perfume bottle. 19th century, of exaggerated compressed form, with lobed sections and having a floriform flared rim, the lobed stopper conforming, in sky blue over clear with incised decoration and finely handpainted with foliate

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

Fine antique Bohemian over lay perfume bottle, with all over fine gilt decoration and painted and cut panels, 12.3 cm high

An amber flash Bohemian table perfume bottle with panels of a stag etc.