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Smith Brothers Opal Ware Cologne

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Smith Brothers Opal Ware Cologne

Type: 
Cologne bottle
Material(s): 
Opal glass blank with applied decoration and unmarked hinged silver lid
Designer/Maker: 
Smith Brothers
Markings: 
Rampant lion in a shield and the words "TRADE MARK" all in red
Origin: 
glass base maker unknown
Date or Era: 
ca. 1880
Dimensions: 
5 inches high
Additional Information: 
Brothers Alfred E. and Harry A. Smith operated the decorating department for the Mt. Washington Glass Company. In 1878 they acquired control of the department, severed connections with Mt. Washington and began operating as Smith Brothers. They purchased and decorated opal glass blanks from various sources, including Mt. Washington as well Bohemian resources. We know they decorated this bottle because of the trademark, but we do not know who made the glass blank. Similar bottles have been found that have been identified as Harrach (Bohemian). For more on "American Scent Bottles," view the presentation on this website under the Resources tab.

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