Smelling bottle with pouch

Object Number: 
1947.479a-d
Date: 
1780-1820
Medium: 
Glass, leather, cork, wool, silk
Dimensions: 
overall (bottle): 4 1/8 x 1 1/4 x 1 in. ( 10.5 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm )
Description: 
Cobalt blue blown glass smelling bottle (or pungent) with cork stopper, vertical ribs around the sides, shallow neck; with kid leather drawstring pouch with silk fabric tape drawstring.
Gallery Label: 
This smelling bottle belonged to John Ramage (d. 1794), an Irish miniaturist who emigrated to New York in 1777. 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: 
Gift of anonymous donor
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group