Speaking with her over the phone and checking out the patent drawings, I realize now that the reality is more subtle. One side of the bottle has vertical indentations; the other side: horizontal.
This is the bottle that contained the perfume known as “flirt” — a collaborative design by Handler and James Gager, who, at that time, was Senior VP and Creative Director, Prescriptives Worldwide.
Seeing static photos of the bottle I wondered about the cap. Was it an atomizer?
A friend of Box Vox, she kindly arranged for me to borrow a bottle and see for myself.
Please do not be misled by my animated gif. The “flirt” bottle ball does not move under its own power. My hard-bitten fingernails are just not fit to be seen handling such an elegant bottle. (So I’ve edited out the part where my finger snicks the ball into motion.)
Separate design patents were obtained for the bottle and its kinetic cap, as well as for a matching “purse spray.”
See also: Interesting Found Objects