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Smelling bottle

Object Number: 
1965.767b
Date: 
1850-1925
Medium: 
Glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. ( 3.2 x 8.9 x 3.2 cm )
Marks: 
molded: maker's mark on bottom of shoe: "L H"
Description: 
Colorless non-lead glass smelling bottle (or pungent) blown in two-part mold, the shape of a shoe with ruffles around ankle and pattern of flowers (composed of dots) around shoe, and pointed toe culminating in flared bottle mouth; makers mark on base; "LH".
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