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Saturday, February 19, 2011

1950's Gold perfume atomizer by Globe

 Nice vintage bottle by Globe, 24kt gold plated filigree cased perfume bottle. On the bottom of the bottle there is a paper label that says "Globe" 24 KT Gold plated Guaranteed Nontarnishable.

You may see some gilt filigree vanity sets on ebay without jewels, usually these are manufactured in the 1940s-1950s by three major companies, Stylebuilt, Globe and Matson.


Renee Lalique (1860-1945) opened his first glass shop in 1905, at 24 Place Vendome. After first experimenting with glass in use of jewelry, after 3 years, Lalique began producing flacons for Coty. He then began to produce bottles for D'Orsay, Houbigant, and Roger et Gallet.

He favored a demi-crystal glass with a lower lead content than crystal.

A lot of his flacons were in the Art Nouveau style, and features etched flowers and figures in stark contrast with oversized decorative stoppers. If you stumble across an old bottle, be sure to turn it over and look for Lalique name or numbers!

The company is still in business today.

For Sale

Shocking by Schiaparelli
Eau de Cologne, 8 fl oz. The Camera angle makes it look like there's less than there is. I'd say there is probably 40% left.
Age: I have seen this cologne listed as being from the 1930's to 1950's. If you have any information, please do share!
Price: $100.00

Diorissimo by Christian Dior
Eau de Toilette, 8 fl oz, about half left
Age: I see this listed as being from 1970's - 1980's
Price: $190.00  SOLD
Shalimar by Guerlain
Eau de Cologne, 3.4 oz, 80% left
Age: 1960's - 1970's
Price: $75.00

Fleurs Fraiche hydrant by Segolene Valmel
I believe this would most accurately be described as Cologne Water, though it doesn't seem to have alcohol - just witch hazel.
Price: $25


Established in 1764 in France as a successful glass manufacturer, they eventually began styling bottles for French couture houses (i.e Guerlain and Pinaud). The bottles themselves were fairly simple in design until the turn of the century when they began producing competing bottles with Lalique in the popular Art Nouveau style. In the 1920's, they hired sculptor George Chevalier and joined the Art Deco movent.

The 1930's saw Estee Lauder and Elsa Schiaparelli at the top of the client list with flacons inspired by Surrealist art.

1945 is generally listed as the declining years, though of course, that is subjective.



Miller's Perfume Bottles: A Collector's Guide by Madeleine Marsh - This little gem is packed with tons of information, but maybe not what you'd want. It's split about 50/50 between commercial bottles and non-commercial. The information is pretty basic stuff, but what's in it is worth knowing. It is very, very slim at 59 pages of useful information. It's worth buying for a couple of dollars, but at the price listed on Amazon - $34.89 for a used copy - I'd pass.

Perfume Bottles (POCKET COLLECTIBLES) by Judith Miller - To my mind does nothing that you can't get better elsewhere. Seems equally split between commercial perfume bottles and non-commercial. It certainly isn't a bad book to have if you are new to collecting and the pictures are wonderful. Worth picking up if it's cheap enough - and it is. At the time of this writing, a used copy can be had on Amazon for $.99 + shipping.

Perfume Intelligence - Huge library well-known and little known fragrances and perfume houses and the dates they were introduced.

Images de Parfums - Wonderful catalogue of past and present perfume ads. And by past, I mean 10 years or so. Not so great for dating vintage bottles.

Chanel Perfume bottles: From Past to Present - Basically everything you needed to know about dating vintage Chanel bottle.

Where to buy/Read Reviews - Nice site to buy small samples of massively expensive scents.

Accomplice Eau De Cologne by Vanda Beauty

Covet by Sarah Jessica Parker

White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor

Amazing by Bill Blass