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 fine silver gilt malachite scent bottle, late 19th century, the slightly tapering square section bottle in richly figured and veined malachite with an embossed and chased collar and hinged top in the rococo manner, with the original glass stopper, unmark

Kurt Schlevogt Art Deco malachite perfume bottle with impressed ivy detail, restoration to stopper. Dimensions 19.5 x 11 x 4 cm

A malachite glass perfume bottle, French, circa 1930, 19 cm high

An Art Deco style malachite glass perfume bottle with flame stopper

An Art Deco style malachite glass perfume bottle with flame stopper