Prior to the advent of sewers and sanitation, wealthy men and women would keep tiny scent bottles on their person to sniff when they came upon unsavory smells.
By the late 19th century, these diminutive decorative bottles served a more romantic purpose by allowing a lady to refresh her scent if she happened upon a gentleman whom she wished to impress.
This exquisite sterling scent bottle makes a definite impression with or without perfume. The beautiful guilloche enamel work is a testament to the time-honored 17th century craft.
Popularly used by Faberge on his colorful eggs, guilloche is a special mechanical engraving technique applied to metal that is then coated in powdered enamel and heat treated.
As a rare treat, this scent bottle comes with its original cord and slide. Most of these are lost or removed throughout the years.
Materials: Sterling silver, enamel, cotton
Measurements: Pendant: 1" x 2 1/2" Necklace Length: 30"
Condition: Very Good
Bottle has light surface scratches consistent with age and use. There is a very faint scuff in the black enamel near the top. The drop is missing some enamel and is slightly bent. There is a small frayed spot in the cording where the slide has been sitting for years.
Cleaning and Care
Wipe bottle with a damp cloth and polish gently with a jeweler's cloth if needed.