Jeff and Holly Noordsy

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ITEM# 4003. PINWHEEL SCENT BOTTLE, (Ham's H6-6), deep aquamarine, circular with corrugated ribbing and pinwheel design, tubular pontil scar, 2 1/8"H, inwardly rolled mouth, mint. American, 1820-1840, very rare.

This exceptional "pinwheel" scent bottle is quite a rare piece and the bottle predates those essence bottles colloquially referred to as "Sandwich" colognes. Used both as a means of masking odors and reviving ladies from the fainting spells caused by the tight corsets of the day, cologne (and thus bottles of this type) was carried by 19th century women of all economic levels. Still, the fancier cologne bottles such as this beautifully designed piece were probably most often carried by the upper classes.


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