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 antique crystal perfume bottles, in original leather case box (lid as inspected)

A large Edwardian cut crystal and silver scent bottle, the cut spherical bottle with embossed hinged cover enclosing original stopper. Chester 1901. Height 15 cm

A 20th century cut crystal and silver scent bottle, the cut spherical bottle with hinged silver cover enclosing original stopper. Height 11 cm

An early 20th century silver and tortoiseshell topped cut crystal scent bottle, the ovoid body with banded and floral engraved decoration, the silver hinged lid with wide circular tortoiseshell inset top with Adams-type silver inlay, enclosing original fit

Crystal perfume bottle with enamelled top and associated stopper

Pair of sterling silver and cut crystal perfume bottles, hallmarked London 1888

Antique Continental silver & crystal scent bottle, stamped to base, as inspected

Two sterling silver and crystal perfume bottles, hallmarked Chester 1909, height 10 cm approx

A Victorian silver topped perfume bottle, the tapering crystal form with blue and yellow detail, embossed silver lid with original stopper. Length 13 cm

A Victorian double ended cut crystal scent bottle, gilt metal hinged cap ends.

Crystal perfume bottle, sterling silver mounted c.1907

Sterling silver & crystal scent bottle, hallmarked Birmingham 1912, 10 cm high approx.

Sterling silver and hobnail crystal perfume bottle, Hallmarked London 1882, height 12 cm approx

Large sterling silver topped scent bottle with cut crystal base hallmarked Birmingham 1901,(maker William Devenport) 14 cm high approx.

Two sterling silver and enamel perfume bottles with crystal base, hallmarked Birmingham 1926 and 1939 (one slight a/f to enamel)

Pair of sterling silver and crystal scent bottles hallmarked London 1922, 11 cm high approx.

Two early faceted crystal scent bottles. Both sectional, 1 with vinaigrette, the other in original box (hinge A/F). Metal caps. Length 8.5 cm &12 cm

A pair of faceted crystal and silver mounted perfume bottles, French, circa 1900, 15.5 cm high

Antique cut crystal horn form perfume bottle, approx 9 cm long

Two various hallmarked sterling silver topped crystal perfume bottles. One with spray attachment (as inspected); & the other with internal stopper. Height 18 cm (tallest)

A sterling silver overlaid perfume bottle G.E.Walton & Co., Birmingham, 1899 silver modelled with entwined snake neck and kangaroo finial, no crystal stopper 12 cm high

English hallmarked sterling silver George V crystal double scent bottle with a facet cut shape, both sides having screw top caps, one being a faux hinge cap. London, 1927, maker Sampson Mordan & Co condition good to fair, minor dents to the lids, some clou

Art Deco black and clear crystal perfume bottle measures 11.8 cm high

Two silver topped & crystal scent bottles, one hallmarked Birmingham & the other unmarked, 7.5 cm high (tallest) approx.

Three cut crystal perfume bottles, with silver finials and lids, together with a circular cut crystal box (4)

Orrefors crystal perfume bottle signed to base, measures 11.5 cm high

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

A small Lalique crystal perfume bottle with dove stopper. 7 cm high

Three cut crystal glass boat shape vases, together with a perfume bottle & 2 cruets

Edwardian hallmarked sterling silver perfume bottle etc. Birmingham 1901, maker's mark rubbed; crystal glass body; and double ended glass perfume bottle (cracked); and silver ? bottle cover. Height 14 cm. (crystal perf. Bottle)

Two various French perfume items, including crystal perfume bottle with fan shaped stopper; and brass, lidded brule on fitted stand. Height 22 cm. (brule)

A fine Dutch rock crystal and gold mounted scent bottle, first half 20th century, with oak leaf gold mark for 1906-1953 period, a standing cushion shaped scent bottle with a diamond cut reserve to one face and a delicately engraved gold medallion to the ot

Crystal perfume bottle with sterling silver top, Chester c. 1901. Height 15 cm

An Edwardian silver and cut crystal perfume bottle, the domed hinged lid with embossed scrolls and florals enclosing a fitted stopper, the tall square section cut crystal body with diamond and cushion deep cut decoration. Birmingham 1901 by Arthur Willmore