A vintage perfume lover can never have enough, but there's only so much you can wear at once. Indulge your love of luxurious fragrances from the past with other vintage perfume collectibles and memorabilia, such as vintage perfume atomizers and old magazine ads. Here are nine things for vintage perfume lovers to collect:
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To a vintage perfume collector, finding an intact boxed set is better than spotting cash on the ground. Look for sets with sealed bottles and the accompanying documentation, such as this Lanvin Arpege notice about the new threaded stoppers.
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Thanks to reformulations, today's perfume isn't what it used to be. The new bottles are no prizes either. Antique and vintage perfume bottles were frequently made from heavy cut crystal. Sometimes they were even designed by famous makers such as Baccarat.
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Vintage perfume atomizers allowed previous generations to spritz before today's spray bottles became commonplace. You'll find commercial atomizers sold with the brands' fragrances, as well as those crafted to receive any scent.
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Specialty perfume bottles are always in demand. The more unusual the design and presentation, the better. The double-ended vinaigrette bottle in the photo was designed to hold perfume on one side and smelling salts in the other.
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Perfume advertising is both collectible and beautiful. Hand-illustrated perfume advertisements from magazines are often especially striking -- and can legitimately be considered works of art. Why not collect the ones that depicted your favorite fragrances through the years? They look lovely framed and hanging in a bedroom, dressing room, or bath.
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Perfume trade cards came before magazine ads. Trade cards were like the formal calling cards left by visitors, but they advertised a product instead of a guest. The trade card in the photo was designed to promote Florida Water Perfume.
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Perfumery has a long history. Before photographs were possible, perfume-related places and events were sometimes documented in detailed illustrations. The illustration in the photo depicts the product showcase by perfume house Oriza L. Legrand during the World Expo of 1867, which took place in Paris on the Champ de Mars.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Perfume urns and fountains once graced the counters of elegant boutiques and perfume shops. That was typically before commercially bottled perfumes in branded bottles were commonplace. Once you selected your fragrance and your bottle, the shopkeeper decanted it for you.