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

Manufactured 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): 7 5/8 × 3 1/2 × 2 3/8 in. (19.4 × 8.9 × 6 cm)
H x W x D (a - body): 5 x 3 1/2 x 2 3/8 in. (12.7 x 8.9 x 6 cm)
H x W x D (b - stopper): 2 13/16 x 2 1/16 x 9/16 in. (7.1 x 5.2 x 1.4 cm)
Type
perfume bottles
Place collected
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date
1941-1994
Description
Ornately decorated gold and glass perfume bottle (a) with ornate stopper (b) from Mae's Millinery Shop. The bottle is made from clear glass in an oval shape that is larger at the top than the bottom. A gold-toned metal cap is placed at the top of the glass. The glass sits inside an ornate openwork metal frame with four (4) feet at the base and a design of flowers and fruit in front of a lattice. The metal stopper (b) has a tube at the bottom to fit into the top of the bottle. A flat metal piece extends above it roughly triangular in shape and featuring an open design in the same fruit and flower design as the bottle.
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
2016.48.17ab
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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