Smelling bottle

Object Number: 
1965.767i
Date: 
1850-1900
Medium: 
Glass, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 x 1 1/2 in. ( 15.2 x 3.8 cm )
Description: 
Translucent yellow non-lead glass smelling bottle (or pungent), composed of two central pieces blown and rolled in gather of glass, with pattern of ovals cut into glass; metal caps at either end, heavily decorated with pattern of natural and abstract forms.
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