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Older bottles from the 1930s-40s would have lot numbers, bottle shape numbers or patent numbers embossed right into the glass base.
By 1970, cosmetic companies were stamping colored numbers on the bottom of their products.
In 1962, all zip codes were required by the US Postal Service.
Look on the base of your bottle for acid stamps for Baccarat, Lalique, Cristal Nancy or Cristal Romesnil, these markings add value to your bottle. Only from 1936, Baccarat bottles were systematically engraved with a mark.
Some perfume bottles as the ones for Lanvin often continued using black Bakelite screw caps into the 1960s.
If you rub the cap with your finger briskly or hold it under hot running water (remove cap from bottle first!
The second is a polypropylene coating of the stopper dowel designed with internal friction teeth. Both Gaillard and Viard collaborated and you might find the mark of J. Older perfumes are sealed with onion skin, viscose or thin celluloid in either red, clear, blue or other colors.
Bakelite screw caps were in usage from 1930s-1950s.
Sample bottles from the 1950s onward, often had labels that would say "sample, not to be sold". Factice, or display bottles, were not meant for resale, and will have labels such as: "dummy, not for sale".
Please understand that this website is not affiliated with any of the perfume companies written about here in any way, it is only a reference page and repository of information for collectors and those who have enjoyed the classic fragrances of days gone by.
One of the goals of this website is to show the present owners of the various perfumes and cologne brands that are featured here how much we miss the discontinued classics and hopefully, if they see that there is enough interest and demand, they will bring back these fragrances!
Older bottles stamped their name and origin somewhere on the bottle.
In the 1940s, stickers replaced the stamping but were soon lost or destroyed, making it difficult to authenticate.