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Smelling bottle

Object Number: 
1965.767d
Date: 
1780-1820
Medium: 
Glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 x 1 x 1/2 in. ( 7.6 x 2.5 x 1.3 cm )
Description: 
Deep blue blown non-lead glass smelling bottle (or pungent); flattened ovoid body with cylindrical neck; pattern-molded with vertical ribs swirled to the right (twisted); flat base with pontil mark.
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