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    Default Vintage Chanel No 5 extrait experts: is this genuine?

    Hello Everyone,
    Thank you in advance for your expertise, as I am a total novice in vintage perfumes.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/buddhan...7630642892814/

    I just purchased this 1/2 oz Chanel No. 5 extrait off of Ebay and I've been researching non-stop and can't decide if this is authentic or not. What's troubling me is the diagonal seam near the bottle neck (please see photos).
    At the bottom of the bottle is inscribed Chanel France and to the left of this a number 20.

    At the bottom of the box it's printed with: Extrait, TPM (below in the middle). No 200 at the bottom left corner and Made in France at the bottom right corner.
    Is the box only supposed to have Extrait TPM and not "made in france" for it to be genuine?

    I'd test this out and see how it smells/drys except the stopper is frozen stuck. I've tried dropping perfume alcohol in the neck, freezer for 30 minutes to no avail. If this is a genuine bottle I'd also appreciate if you have tips on how to release this open.

    There seems to be inconsistent info out there with Chanel No. 5... your knowledge is much appreciated.
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Vintage Chanel No 5 extrait experts: is this genuine?

    This is an excellent resource for dating and confirming your vintage Chanel No .5 extrait.
    http://chanelperfumebottles.webs.com...nelbottles.htm

    It'll explain about T P M etc .....
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/370...o-Profumo-Onda
    For sale. Carnal Flower and Vero Profumo Onda.

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    Default Re: Vintage Chanel No 5 extrait experts: is this genuine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mimi Gardenia View Post
    This is an excellent resource for dating and confirming your vintage Chanel No .5 extrait.
    http://chanelperfumebottles.webs.com...nelbottles.htm

    It'll explain about T P M etc .....
    Hi Mimi,
    Thanks for sending this link. I had read thru this site the last few days and it seems my bottle dates to the 50s. from their Preventing Fakes page- http://chanelperfumebottles.webs.com...ntingfakes.htm,

    1. The neck, if you feel around the legit bottle, is all smooth. The fake bottle for some reason has a little edge on one corner of the bottle." (mine is not super smooth)
    2. Authentic Chanel bottles are from a solid mold. The fake is made in two parts with the adhesive joint clearly visible. (mine has a slight diagonal seam)
    3. Authentic bottles have an inscription on the back denoting the amount of perfume in ounces. The fake has no inscription. (not sure where this is supposed to be)
    4. Many of the fake Chanel perfume boxes would be marked "Imported From France". The real Chanel doesn't have anything but the size on the bottom. (if mine says Made in France... is this fake?)

    I wanted to get other opinions from, since there are other sellers who are selling very similar bottles to mine as authentic vintage extraits and I want to be certain. Thanks again.

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    Default Re: Vintage Chanel No 5 extrait experts: is this genuine?

    hmmm, interesting ! I am really sorry I could not be of more help - maybe someone else here can help out more. I wish you the best of luck .
    I agree your bottle seems to be from the 1950s.
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/370...o-Profumo-Onda
    For sale. Carnal Flower and Vero Profumo Onda.

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    Default Re: Vintage Chanel No 5 extrait experts: is this genuine?

    A little late to the party but it would appear your bottle is (was?) absolutely right. Both TPM and the Number 200 are size designations for the 1/2 oz extraits...and Everything about the bottle and the box seem to be absolutely correct for about 1954-58 or so.
    Hope that helps

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    Default Re: Vintage Chanel No 5 extrait experts: is this genuine?

    Oh - to continue. With all the hundreds and hundreds of these I've handled, I've never seen a fake that ever got everything right and NONE ever embossed with the Chanel name or the HP mark ( for Pouchet & de Courval) on the base...in fact I've never not seen a fake bottle that either the stopper was wrong or the bottle was the wrong shape and mark. AND the mold joints are not as uncommon as some might have you believe - they do appear (they're very light but it does happen).
    But forget all that - the juice is your answer - I don't think (IMHO) anyone has ever properly captured the fragrance. Fakes are created to make quick money - to reproduce Nº 5 correctly in small batches would be ridiculously expensive and that was certainly the case in the 50s. The fakes are pretty blatant.
    Nuf said

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