Collecting Antique Perfume Bottles

     Whether you are thinking of starting a collection of antique perfume bottles, are a newcomer to the hobby or have been collecting for many years, each time you find a special treasure to add to your collection you may find yourself wondering about its past. For many collectors, there is a sense of mystery surrounding perfume bottles from yesteryear. Some may wonder about the life of the vessel’s owner. Others may imagine the boudoir where the beautiful bottle held its magical liquid as the lady of the house dabbed just a drop behind her ear and on her inner wrist.
Perfume Bottles from the 1800s and 1900s
     Since ancient times perfume and essence jars and bottles, regardless of their size, shape, color or design, kept their fragrant treasures safely inside. Although it is highly unlikely that today’s collectors are going to find an Etruscan Albaster perfume bottle dating from 500 B.C. to add to their collection, there are many exquisite antique and vintage perfume bottles from the 1800 and 1900s available both on and off line. While many collectors limit their collection of perfume bottles to pieces that fall into specific guidelines, there are many others that add to their collections simply because they like a piece.
     The following organizations provide more information to anyone interested in antique or vintage perfume bottles:
• The Barcelona Perfume Museum provides links to 287 images and information on perfume bottles from ancient times to the mid 1900s.
• The International Perfume Bottle Association features a community, news, events, resources, and a quarterly publication for bottle enthusiasts.
• Collectors Weekly
• Vintage Mirror Perfume Tray from LoveToKnow
     With thousands of different styles and designs of vintage and antique perfume bottles available, there is sure to be one, or a dozen, that would look lovely on your dresser tray.

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