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Accession # SRM1989-10

Toilet bottle

1820-1850


Perfume or scented oils were widespread during the 19th century due to the need to mask the strong human odors that resulted in infrequent bathing. Early American glass houses were generally window makers by trade who used excess glass to fashion bottles such as this. Free blown into the shape of a dolphin or seahorse with decorative white stripes, this smelling bottle shows the combining of decorative with utilitarian and was small enough to be carried discretely in a lady's handbag.




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