Smelling bottle

Object Number: 
1965.766c
Date: 
1820-1890
Medium: 
Glass, white metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/2 x 1 3/8 x 1 1/8 in. ( 6.4 x 3.5 x 2.9 cm )
Description: 
Deep amethyst non-lead glass smelling bottle (or pungent) blown in two-part mold, with ringed cap; hexagonal shape with 2 wide flat sides in front and back, 2 narrow on each end, rising in double ogee curve from narrow sloping base.
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