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 leather cased travelling set of glass perfume bottles, height 9.5 cm

A 19th century Shagreen cased lady's travelling perfume bottle and note pad set, the narrow dome topped case with green stained shagreen cover, enclosing a fitted interior with two facet cut glass scent bottles, silver gilt screw lids, the ivory notebo

Art Deco silver plate and green enamel cased toilet set, comprising a brush, three lidded jars and a perfume bottle

Amber crystal perfume bottle, boxed cake forks and a boxed christening set (3)

Cobalt blue glass perfume and talcum bottles two evening in Paris talcum bottles measuring 13 cm. One in box, with boxed set of evening in Paris perfume and cologne bottles in box.

Fruitwood cased set of 3 glass perfume bottles box with edged in ebony with fitted blue silk interior housing 3 cut glass bottles (few small chips) 10.5 x 17.5 x 7.5 cm

French vintage leather cased pair of glass cologne bottles

Cased set of 4 perfume bottles leather case 19.5 cm wide, 12 cm high

An antique cased set of three glass scent bottles, latter half 19th century, the rectangular metal-inlaid bird's eye maple case with a hinged top enclosing three bottles fitted in compartments, each square bottle with a facetted stopper. Height 14 cm. Widt

Leather cased travelling perfume set containing two bottles. Dimensions 6.5 x 7.8 x 4.8 cm

A boxed set of gilt metal mounted perfume bottles, circa 1900, the dome topped casket with fancy gilt metal bracketing opens to reveal a fitted interior containing twin perfume bottles, each of cerulean glass with gilt metal mounts and porcelain capped lid

A boxed set of two Rimmel glass perfume bottles, circa 1890, E. (Eugene) Rimmel, London., the pair of bottles squared and with facetted stoppers each indicate their scent as 'Lilac' and 'Jockey club' housed within their original leather bound travelling bo

A set of four glass perfume bottles in coromandel box, circa 1880, the square box with domed cover and with brass banding to edge contains four original glass perfume bottles with silver screw top lids. Perfume bottle height 9 cm. Height 13.5 cm. Width 14.