A sweet Spanish colonial silver perfume flask with foliate decoration and a rooster finial. Unmarked.
Scent has long been considered an acceptable way for both men and women to mask themselves from foul odours. It was even believed for centuries that scents could protect against contagious diseases. Using scent was easier and quicker than regular bathing, which was surprisingly considered somewhat detrimental to one’s health. Silver scent bottles in their earlier forms were flask-shaped, with fine chains that allowed them to be suspended from a chatelaine.
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