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Perfume buttons

Type:Perfume buttons

Material(s):Brass and velvet



Date or Era:19th century

Dimensions:Larger button .88 in. diameter; smaller buttons .65 in. diameter

Special Features:Although not bottles - these are definitely in the perfume category

Additional Information:
Underlay of velvet fabric set in pierced brass buttons. Perfumes of the Victorian era were oil-based and stained clothing. Ladies dabbed their perfume on the velvet of the button, which carried the scent for a long time. During the American Civil War, ladies gave these buttons, scented with their perfume, to their husbands or lovers going off to war.