Perfume Bottle

Object Number: 
1965.767L
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Glass, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 5/8 x 2 x 1 in. ( 11.7 x 5.1 x 2.5 cm )
Description: 
Colorless non-lead glass smelling bottle (or pungent) blown in a two-part mold, with metal cap; bottle cut into hexagonal shape, with scrolled sides, and horizontal notches cut into narrow vertical bands at center of sides; red painted decoration with flowers, scrolls, and seated figure w/horn in gown, playing clarinet; metal cap crimped at edges and larger at top.
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