Subject:Re: Small bottles
Posted By: Bill H Thu, Feb 22, 2018
I believe Chinese snuff bottles fitted to be hung discreetly around the necks of female users locket-style have been around since snuff caught on in Europe in the 18th century. Another type of bottle that comes to mind is the "vinaigrette", which could be stuffed with cotton and used to hold so-called "smelling salts" for those who felt faint, or for non-acrid perfume, for relief from odors associated with the practice of not bathing but a few times per year, which was a more common habit in olden days.
Of course you might consider that these bottles were made at the outset as purely decorative objects to be hung around the neck for show.