Jewelled scented bottle of white enamel and gold: 16th - 17th century
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Gold scent bottle enamelled white and set with opaline chalcedony plaques, rubies, spinels and diamonds, with a gold suspension chain. Part of the Cheapside Hoard. This richly decorated bottle was designed to contain perfume made from flower distillations and spices which were widely used to disguise unpleasant odours. One of Shakespeare's sonnets refers to a bottle of this type and filled with 'sumer's distillation left/A liquid prisioner pent in walls of glass/Beauty's effect with beauty were bereft.'
1501 AD - 1625 AD