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Scent bottles became notonly fashionable but essential for social activities of the early19th century to mask unpleasant odors in thosepredeoderant days. They were usually round, teardrop, or squareshapes and generally small and thin or flat so they could beeasily carried. Intricate patterns such as seahorses, circles,sunbursts, flowers and geometric patterns in brilliant colorswere popular.

Traditionally a symbol of status, scent bottles, andparticularly sunburst scent bottles are still prized today bycollectors. Although they have attained considerable attention,very little about their history and manufacture has been written.They have been generally attributed to the Sandwich Glass Worksand other glasshouses by comparison of their glass with productsof known origin and digging in glasshouse ruins. The lack of wordembossing except for the words “PEACE” and“PLENTY” found on two specimens has made their historysomewhat mysterious.

SUNBURST SCENT PATTERNSAND FORMS
The sunburst scents have been divided into sevencategories of patterns based upon their shape or specimencharacteristics. These are numbered by Roman Numerals as follows:

HI – Embossed

HII – Plain Shields

HIII – Shields with BeadedEdges

HIV – Center Beaded Shieldswith Beaded Edges

HV – Decorated Shields

HVI – Circular or Round

HVII – Oval or Teardrop

The forms observed in each category are numbered consecutively(Eg. HII-3). Thirty-two different forms are catalogued. Thescents are described with the observed colors and identifyingcharacteristics in the category figures and Table 1. Thespecimens range in size from 3 1/4 inches tall for the HI-1 to 15/8 inches tall for the HVI-8. Most of the shields are about 3inches tall. The term “bead” is used to describe asmall round domed protrusion on the surface.

Scent bottles are referenced to the Gardner Collection1,McKearin and Wilson2, McKearin and McKearin3, and the BlaskeCollection. Photographs of representative specimens are shown inPhoto 1 through 11.

COLOR

Most specimens are found in deep solid colors (similar toSandwich Glass Company products) or colorless (clear). Specimensare usually dark tones or colorless with lighter colors being theexception. The colors observed are:

Cobalt Blue with Violet Tone, Emerald Green

Cobalt Blue, Olive Green

Sapphire Blue, Green

Light Blue, Amethyst

Peacock Blue, Colorless

Of these colors, the greens, amethyst, light blue and peacockblue are the least commonly observed. Cobalt blue and colorlessare the most frequently observed colors.

RARITY

To describe comparative rarity of specimens, the scale used issimilar to that used by McKearin in rating Historical Flasksreflecting the approximate number of specimens. The scale is asfollows:

Possibly Unique ..............................only onespecimen

Extremely Rare ....................................1-10specimens

Very Rare .........................................10-20specimens

Rare ................................................20-35specimens

The rating refers to the form only irrespective of color.However, as a collectable category, sunburst scents on the wholeare not commonly observed. Except for the McKearin Collection,there have been very few sunburst scent specimens in the majorcollections that have been sold publicly, and there are very fewspecimens on display in the major museums. Although rare, themost frequently observed forms are the HIII-5 in cobalt blue andthe HIV-1 in colorless. However, other colors in these two formsare extremely rare.

CONCLUSION

Scent bottles have been growing in popularity with collectorsbecause of their attractiveness and rarity. This initialcataloguing should help collectors to better identify theirspecimens and hopefully will act as a springboard for additionalinformation on these bottles.

The information in this article is based upon literature,research and examination of scent bottle specimens.

TABLE 1

SUNBURST AND SIMILARSCENTS

Front obverse edge colorscomments

 

 

 

EMBOSSED

HI-1 16-raysb. PEACE waffle PLENTY 15-beads, dark sapphire, two knownspecimens

Heart with arrow heart, blue, ex-McKearin

Center oval with arrow, ex-Gardner*1 (2233)

HI-2 16-ray sb. PEACE waffle PEACE plain emerald green,possibly unique

PLAIN SHIELDS

 

HII-1 12-ray sunburst, cobalt blue - extremely rare

Emerald green -(2. plate IX)

Dark. amethyst -(2 105 #9)

HII-2 12-ray sunburst, same plain cobalt blue - extremely rare

Emerald Green, ex-Gardner (#1825)

 

EDGE BEADED SHIELDS

 

HIII-1 12-ray sunburst, same 6 pointed, amethyst - extremelyrare

Blue, ex-Gardner (#365)

HIII-2 12-ray sunburst, same 9 beads, dark amethyst -extremely rare

HIII-3 12-ray sunburst, same 11 or 12, clear glass - extremelyrare

Beads with blue streaks - ex-Blaske & (2.plate IX)

HIII-4 12-ray sunburst, same 12 beads, dark amethyst -extremely rare (2. 105 #5) collared shoulder

HIII-5 12-ray sunburst, same 16-18 beads, dark violet - rare

Cobalt Blue - ex-McK & ex-Gardner (#893)

Emerald Green - extremely Rare

 

EDGE BEADED, CENTER BEADED SHIELDS

 

HIV-1 12-ray sunburst, same 7 large beads, blue, rare

Beaded center medium green -(2. 105 #4)

Light blue - ex-McK

Colorless - (2. 104 #9)

HIV-2 12-ray sunburst same 11 or 12 blue - extremely rare

beaded center beads

HIV-3 12-ray sunburst same 9 beads olive green - extremelyrare

beaded center, large top, olive green with redbody streaks -(3. 241#12) ground lip finish

 

OTHER DECORATED SHIELDS

HV-1 16-ray sunburst, same notch, colorless, possibly uniquepattern (only 16 ray shield)

HV-2 12-ray sunburst 12 ray sunburst plain colorless possiblyunique

beaded center w/diff. bead ex-McK

bead decorated

HV-3 12-ray, raised diamond, 11 beads, emerald green,possibly unique

Sunburst, dot waffle and bead (2. 105 #2)decoration

 

ROUND AND CIRCULAR

HVI-1 18-ray, raised, same corrugated, emerald green, rare

Sunburst, cobalt blue, ex-McK

Beaded center, emerald green, ex-McK

Colorless (2. 104#5)

Dark amethyst (2. 105#8)

HVI-2 24-ray w/center seam, dark milk glass - extremely rare

Depression blue

Cobalt. blue (2. 105#3) & (3. 241#17)

HVI-3 16-rounded rays, same seam, cobalt blue, extremely rare

With rounded domed, dark amethyst, large center

HVI-4 same as HVI-3 same seam cobalt blue, extremely rare

With rounded raised concave, dark amethyst,ex-Gardner (#2909)

HVI-5 same as HVI-3 same seam cob. blue grd. lip, 16 raisedray finish

sunburst center ex-McK

and thinner unique

HVI-6 14-pinwheel ray same lg. corr. aqua v. rare

sunburst w/beaded center and surr.

20 domed circles

HVI-7 same as HVI-6 Fleur-de-lis seam, aqua, very rare

pattern ex-McK

HVI-8 14-cut rays same seam mlkglass, very rare

w/large ray at neck, powder blue

Light blue, ex-McK

 

 

OVALS AND TEARDROPS

 

HVII-1 12-ray sunburst 9 diamond, plain, cobalt blue -extremely rare

Diamond waffle emerald green (2. 105#7) &dark amethyst, (3. 241#18)

Colorless ex-McK

HVII-2 12-ray sunburst, 9 diamond, plain, cobalt blue, ex-McK

With 30 beads around diamond waffle, darkamethyst, ex-McK

Emerald green, ex-McK

HVII-3 12-ray sunburst, 9 diamond, plain, emerald green -possibly unique

24 lg. beads around diamond fancy beadedpattern

HVII-4 12-ray webbed same 19-20 beads peacock blue (2. 105#14)

Sunburst, amethsyt

beaded center

HVII-5 12-ray webbed same 28-30 beads, amethyst - ex. rare

Sunburst, peacock blue, Ex McK

With beaded center

HVII-6 12-ray webbed same 15-17 beads cobalt blue - ex. rare

sunburst with beaded center & beadbetween.rays

HVII-7 12-ray webbed same 12 beads, colorless - possiblyunique

sunburst w/beaded center

HVII-8 8-ray debossed, same seam, dark amethyst, (2. 105#15)

Sunburst - unique

HVII-9 16-ray debossed same beveled & cobalt blue (2.105#10)

Sunburst corregated - unique

 

All Sunburst ScentBottles in the following color chart are from the collection of

Roger Long.

 


HVI-2

Cobalt Blue

HIV-3

Emerald green

HIII-5

Deep cobalt blue

HII-2

Sapphire blue

HIV-3

Milk glass

HIV-1

Aquamarine

HIV-1

Light amethyst

Not in charts

Sapphire blue

HIV-1

Blue green

GIV-1

Clear glass

HIII-5

Deep emerald green

HIV-3

Olive green with

red striations

GVI-1

Blue green

GV-3

Deep emerald green

HIII-4

Amethyst

HIV-1

Fiery Opalescent milk glass

GI-2 (reverse)

Deep emerald green

GI-2 (front)

Deep emerald green

HI-1 (front)

Cobalt blue

HI-1 (reverse)

Cobalt blue

HVI-2

Powder blue

HI-2 (front)

Deep cobalt blue

HI-2 (reverse)

Deep cobalt blue

HVII-2 (reverse)

Amethsyt

HVII-2 (front)

Amethsyt

HVII-5

Sapphire blue

Not in charts

Emerald green

HVI-1

Amethsyt

HVII-3 (reverse)

Emerald green

HVII-3 (front)

Emerald green

HIV-2

Cobalt blue

HIII-3

Amethyst

HIV-3

Amethyst

HVII-1 (reverse)

Teal Blue

HVII-1 (front)

Teal blue


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