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Miniature Smelling Bottle w/Cork: Shoe Shape

Object Number: 
1965.767a
Date: 
1850-1925
Medium: 
Glass, cork
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/8 x 3 5/8 x 1 1/4 in. ( 3.5 x 9.2 x 3.2 cm )
Marks: 
molded: maker's mark on bottom of shoe, sole: "[crown with five points]" molded: maker's mark on bottom of shoe, nearer heel: "[intertwined letters B, A, and V]"
Description: 
Colorless non-lead glass smelling bottle blown in two-part mold in the shape of a shoe laced up front; pointed toe culminates in bottle mouth, with cork inside; makers mark in the form of a monogram with initials BAC and crown.
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