(See Figure 3.) The decoration might also include applied tiny beads, or half-beads, in the design, as in the top two examples.
The bottles will generally have the full decoration on the top and bottom of the bottle, as it lays flat, with a simpler decoration on the two sides.
The most beautiful throwaway scent bottles have colored enamel decoration, often using the same basic “thumbprint” style as the simpler ones, but with more intricate colored designs in and around the repressed oval shapes.
This gives the decorator more leeway to become inventive, resulting in some very unique and beautiful designs.
Bottles with more elaborate and unique designs, as in Figures 3 and 4, would likely have been provided by upscale perfumers and other merchants rather than given away as fairings or spa souvenirs.
They were the equivalent of the tiny sample vials of fragrance often given away at cosmetic counters today.
Though the old throwaway containers were much bigger, the amount of fragrance they held was comparable to today’s sample vials.