Smelling bottle w/lid: 8-sides, blue

Object Number: 
INV.13261
Date: 
1820-1890
Medium: 
Glass, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 5/8 x 1 1/4 x 1 in. ( 6.7 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm )
Description: 
Deep blue non-lead glass smelling bottle (or pungent) blown in a two-part mold with multi-tiered metal cap; octagonal shape with incurving sides; sediment inside.
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.

Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group