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 gold and turquoise mounted opaline glass perfume bottle, 19th century, the Siros Collection, South Australia, the flattened circular body rising to tri-colour gold collar and a hinged cover inset with turquoise cabochons, enclosing a glass stopper

Georges Raspiller (French, 1862-1952), cameo glass perfume Atomizer, c. 1920, opaque white glass body with purple overlaid acid-etched floral decoration, signed 'G. Raspiller', together with a Tiffany style trumpet form glass vase (2), height 18 cm

Two Victorian gilt mounted glass scent bottles, one Bristol blue with an enamelled bird and one cut overlay and gilt bottle, the largest 6.5 cm high

A gold mounted cut clear glass phial scent bottle, 19th century, with pierced engraved collar and high domed hinged cap and glass stopper, 12.5 cm long

A gilt mounted facetted red glass tear drop chatelaine scent bottle, 19th century with floral embossed hinged cap, 6 cm long

20th century Egyptian glass scent bottle and stopper, with a tear drop stopper, above an annulated and tapered body in apricot glass with gilt accents, height 14 cm

A porcelain scent bottle decorated with a cherub playing the flute, 19th century, 10 cm high

Scent Vial holder. Gold gilt brass, French enamelled floral design, micro mosaic centre, hexagon flask shape, with original glass, height 6 cm

A Loris Azzaro perfume factice, outer made with plastic, glass bottle within, height 35 cm

Vintage Vantine's of New York Japanese lacquer Box with two scent bottles, one with its original label Sandalwood, both with pressed glass flower stopped and raised Vantine's inscribed on the side, box 8 cm high, 9.5 cm wide, 6 cm deep

A Victoria cut glass cornucopia shaped scent bottle, English, circa 1875, complete with glass stopper, embossed silver-gilt mounts and suspension chain, 9 cm long

An antique glass scent and jewellery casket, 19th century, with etched bevelled glass, the filigree trimmed casket raised on cast feet, with two cut glass perfume bottles surmounted by a domed lid with etched decoration opening to a cushioned interior. Hei

Antique Victorian cranberry glass double end scent bottle, marked Birmingham, 1886, approx 11 cm long

A red glass perfume bottle with a metal top and scarf of Nasturtium to the body, height 9 cm

A cameo glass perfume bottle by Emile Galle (1846-1904), circa 1900, Nancy France, the cushion profile rectangular bottle with a cylindrical neck and the original mushroom long stopper, decorated with cameo overlay of trailing bleeding heart decoration in

A cameo glass perfume burner by Emile Galle (1846-1904), circa 1900, Nancy France, the compressed bottle shaped burner with a pierced bronze domed cover supporting the small light fitting, with cameo overlay of aquilegia and lily leaves in aubergine colour

A late Victorian green glass scent bottle of cylindrical form by George Edwin Walton, Birmingham 1900, decorated with engraved and pierced work throughout, in original fitted case, 8 cm long

A Paris porcelain scent bottle, 19th century, with hinged gilt lid depicting country scenes to the front and reverse, 7 cm high

A Victorian double-ended facet cut blue overlay scent bottle, circa 1870, 12 cm long

Hand enamelled green glass perfume bottle, approx 7 cm high

Miniature porcelain figural perfume bottle with removable head stopper, approx 6.5 cm high

A French millefiori perfume bottle with stopper, 19th century. 18 cm

Pair of blue glass antique scent bottles 17 cm high approx.

Victorian green faceted glass double sided perfume bottle with two hinged wheat sheaf ends. Condition good, minor wear. Length 12 cm

Victorian green faceted glass double sided perfume bottle with two wheat sheaf ends, one hinged & one screw top. Condition good, loose thread. Length 11 cm

Gradulated pair early green glass perfume bottles. Both two sectional with hinge & screw caps. Smaller with dents to 1 lid. Length 13 cm & 10 cm

Two antique press moulded glass perfume bottles. Late 19th century, the bottles each of faceted form with flattened collars, waisted necks and cup form rims holding the original cut glass spherical stoppers, one decorated with an incised diamond motif to t

Vintage Vantine's of New York Sandalwood Scent bottle, Vantine's raised writing on the side with original label with glass flower stopper cased in a black lacquer box, box approx 6 cm high, 5 cm wide, 5 cm deep

Lyndon over, two glass perfume bottles, signed height 15.5 cm

A Reynolds angels design perfume flask. Maker William Comyns. London 1900. 12.5 cm high.

A pair of Meissen porcelain perfume bottles, later 19th century, the double gourd bottles with small domed and floral embellished covers, each decorated with painted and gilded cartouches of romantic couples in the manner of Watteau; with double crossed sw

A French Cupid perfume bottle, 19th century; unmarked, in the rococo manner, the petite figure of a kneeling Cupid with his bow across his knee and a flower encrusted quiver to his back, a small red heart beside him, the top of the quivers serving as the s

Perthshire Millefiori perfume bottle with faceted body & stopper. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Height 14 cm