Miniature smelling bottle

Object Number: 
1965.766f
Date: 
1820-1890
Medium: 
Glass, white metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 3/8 x 1 1/4 x 7/8 in. ( 6 x 3.2 x 2.2 cm )
Marks: 
printed: on paper label attached to front: "[S] U. P. E. [illeg.]/[illeg.] SMELLING/[illeg.]TS"
Description: 
Opalescent non-lead glass smelling bottle (or pungent) blown in a two-part mold with round metal ringed cap; octagonal shape with incurving sides; remains of paper label attached to front.
Gallery Label: 

The main purpose of smelling bottles, or pungents, was to mask unpleasant odors, and thus they usually held smelling salts. They were first stoppered by corks and eventually by screw caps. The capacity of these bottles ranges from fractions of a dram to a little over an ounce.

Credit Line: 
Bequest of Mrs. F. MacDonald Sinclair (Jennie H. Sinclair)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group