They just keep on coming. I guess you've invested a fortune in collecting by now. Still they are great.
This one is a fake. A copy of a Hoffman I believe. It was supposed to be a "vintage Czech" bottle. But they removed the label which would have said "Czech Republic". You can see the figures are clumsy and indistinctly carved.
Last edited by kumquat; 21st July 2014 at 02:05 PM.
The glass is too thick, too. This didn't show up in the seller's pictures. I'm trying to work out a solution. Maybe a partial refund. It wasn't very expensive but the listing was misleading and incorrect. Edit- I'm returning this one.
Last edited by kumquat; 4th July 2014 at 08:12 PM.
I opened the small bottle of this. First I had to put it in the refrigerator overnight, squirt lube on the neck and then let it sit upside down for a bit.
Calèche; bergamot, mandarin, orange blossom, aldehydes, jasmine, lily of the valley, rose, gardenia, iris, ylang-ylang, oakmoss, sandalwood, cedar, and vetiver.
I'm including this review of Caleche because the notes are similar- I'm guessing. No notes are listed in 'Perfume Intelligence'. This has a lot of moss in the base and it's not as soapy as Caleche. The only note that it probably doesn't have is gardenia. The others seem pretty close. There could also be clary sage. This Lubin is a bit greener and more mossy, as I say. Smoky, too. It has a leathery quality like vintage Cabochard.
Last edited by kumquat; 18th July 2014 at 08:11 PM.
This is supposed to be a malachite bottle made by Ingrid (Czech). I would like to verify this but I don't know how to go about it.
http://www.pressglas-korrespondenz.de/ will help you, and if you can't determine whether it is Ingrid, or Hoffman, or Schlevogt, you can always contact them.
I keep thinking I am done collecting but something great comes along. This 'Caron' even had some remnants of the glorious perfume. It smelled very much like 'Nocturnes'. About 4" high. Iridescent.
I have a theory about the use of Gardenia on olden scents, the thing is, it's very expensive to use it (was and is and will be) and usually the amounts used are small and in general, I would say that the note will give any scent a certain cachet or prestige if you will, even if it's almost non-existent but it would become a sort of upgrade for a name and for it to be included on the ingredients list. I have found that usually older scents that happen to have Gardenia in them, the note just fades tremendously ,more so than other notes -unless used in major quantities - .
Just a random thought (sorry for the OT) and I would certainly want to know what you think of it.
Hi, Castorpollux! Thanks for writing! Long time, no see. Yes, there could be notes here that have faded. This juice is at least 40 years old. Since it's cologne it is pretty weak. I don't know why these notes are not listed. This was a popular scent in its day. Anyway, I'm sticking with my assessment that it's similar to Caléche. It also reminds me of Acqua di Parma Profumo, just weak due to the concentration.
A new bottle by Lalique. It is signed 'Worth- R Lalique France'. 2&1/2" high - silver bands.
The signature is hard to read. You'll have to take my word for it. This is 1920's or 30's.
Last edited by kumquat; 24th October 2014 at 01:43 AM.
I love all your beautiful bottles. Surely you must be a world expert now on these. I have a couple of very old bottles and I must say I really cherish them. Mine are real plain Janes next to these.