Smelling bottle

Object Number: 
1965.766d
Date: 
1820-1890
Medium: 
Glass, white metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 3/4 x 1 1/8 x 7/8 in. ( 7 x 2.9 x 2.2 cm )
Description: 
Deep amethyst non-lead glass smelling bottle (or pungent) with metal cap with American eagle on top, surrounded by wreath, and chased pattern along edge of cap; hexagonal shape with wide ogival side on each end and 2 narrow ogival sides on each end.
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