Smelling bottle

Object Number: 
1965.766h
Date: 
1820-1850
Medium: 
Glass, white metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 1/4 x 1 1/8 x 3/4 in. ( 8.3 x 2.9 x 1.9 cm )
Description: 
Light emerald green non-lead glass smelling bottle (or pungent) blown in two-part mold, with ringed metal cap; elliptical form rounded at base with alternate bands of fine vertical and horizontal ribbing, and tapering ribs at top and bottom.
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