Ornate metal and glass perfume bottle from Mae's Millinery Shop

Created by
Unidentified
Owned by
Reeves, Mae, American, 1912 - 2016
Subject of
Mae's Millinery Shop, American, 1941 - 1994
Medium
glass and metal
Dimensions
H x W x D (ab): 9 1/4 × 5 × 2 1/2 in. (23.5 × 12.7 × 6.4 cm)
H x W x D (a - body): 5 1/2 x 5 x 2 1/2 in. (14 x 12.7 x 6.4 cm)
H x W x D (b - stopper): 6 x 2 5/8 x 5/8 in. (15.2 x 6.7 x 1.6 cm)
Type
perfume bottles
Place collected
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date
1941-1994
Description
Ornately decorated gold and glass perfume stand (a) with ornate stopper (b) from Mae's Millinery Shop. The body of the stand is formed from an oval-shaped metal case attached to a stem and an oval base. The base, stem, and body all feature an ornate feathery leaf three-dimensional design in gold colored metal. Inside the body, a glass vial hangs from the center top, with a metal piece extending above it. The metal and glass stopper (b) fits into this metal tube and sits inside the vial. The stopper features a long metal element of the same feathery leaf design as the base, with a glass dropper extending from the bottom. The dropper portion sits inside the vial of the stand, with the rest of the stopper resting above it.
Topic
African American
Business
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Donna Limerick
Object number
2016.48.15ab
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title
Mae's Millinery Shop Collection
Classification
Adornment
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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