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Emerald Green Victorian Perfume and Salts Bottle c1860

Heading : 19th century glass perfume and salts bottle
Date : c1860
Period : Victoria
Colour : Green
Body : Slice cut barrel body with metal caps. One cap is hinged, the other a screw, both with original glass stoppers
Glass Type : Lead
Size : 13cm in length and approximately 3cm in diameter
Condition : Excellent, no chips or cracks
Restoration : None
Weight : 110 grams

Salt of hartshorne or smelling salts as they are known today were mixed with perfume and placed into a vinaigrette that one could hold close to the nose to mask the stenches of London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Auld Reekie and Manchester. With poor sanitation, little by way of regular refuse collection the cities of Britain were envelopped in a foul smelling miasma in the summer months and suffered outbreaks of cholera, please read about the great stink of 1858. The engineer Joseph Bazalgette devised a solution whereby raw sewage was taken east from London before being pumped raw into the Thames away from the noses of the well to do parliamentarians. Some may argue that they create their own stench today, we have certainly had enough of referenda and elections.


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  • Product Code: 2017051917
  • Availability: Sold
  • £100.00

Tags: old bottles, old glass bottles

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