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The Beauty of Antique Perfume Bottles

The Beauty of Antique Perfume Bottles

Since antiquity, scent has been an important part of how humans have wanted to present themselves. We often bottle the pleasant scents we want to wear in pretty bottles and other packaging.

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Antique perfume bottles are not only gorgeous but are often rare and collectable.

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“Antique” means that the object is over 100 years old, and “vintage” means it can be 100–20 years old. The older the bottle, the more rare and expensive it is.

Many of these antique bottles weren’t just practical—they were art. Many cultures have extravagant containers that have held perfume and other scented oils. 

Collecting and owning perfume bottles is a passion that has lasted for millennia, and even today we are fascinated by lavish scents and the decorative decanters they rest in. 

Some Antique Perfume Bottles to Die For

The Czech Bohemian Rococo Perfume Bottle

For instance there is the huge Czech bohemian gold jewels Rococo perfume bottle, which is an absolutely gorgeous and stunning 1800s brass and cut faceted crystal sapphire jewels prong set into the filigree metal of the perfume bottle.

It was made for the boudoir of a lovely Victorian lady many years ago, and the bottle itself is covered in a fancy baroque rococo almost Italianate filigree metal work that appears to have been made of brass and chased with a gold wash or plate.

This is a truly beautiful and eclectic antique perfume bottle, and there are also many others similar to it available on the market.pexels

The Silver-Top Crystal Perfume Bottle

Another great option when it comes to antique perfume bottles is the antique silver-top crystal perfume scent bottle made of a beautiful Victorian metal and crystal glass. The bottle itself is a silver metal covered with an ornate raised design of flowers, shells, and decorative foliate elements.

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The cap is similar and attached to it with chains is a simple metal top where, when uncovered, the wick comes through.

This is a true and unique antique perfume bottle. The top is opened to allow the perfume to permeate the room slowly, then simply cover the wick with the metal top once finished.

The bottom has a hand-etched crystal stem on a crystal pedestal base which is particularly special. The base is covered with a band of ornate silver metal.

The details on this bottle are amazing, and again, there are many similar antique perfume bottles like it available around the world.


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Let’s take a look at some things you should consider when it comes to antique perfume bottle identification and what you should know as you start your own collection. 

What Are Vintage Perfume Bottles Called?

Scent bottles, vials, alabastrons, decanters—there’re many names the perfume bottle was and still is known by today. Antique and vintage perfume bottles come from all over the world, and all throughout history. So the names vary from their era and origin.

How to Tell if a Perfume Bottle Is Vintage

First off, make sure you do your research into the eras, brands, and styles. By understanding the different styles available in today’s market, you will be able to tell the slight differences when you’re searching in an antique store or online. 

Quite often, a seller takes pride in the research and history of the bottle they’re selling. On Ebay, antique perfume bottles are in large supply, and there is quite a selection. You can check to make sure they’re reliable through reviews and a glance at their profile. 

Old bottles often have a number etched or placed on the bottom, which may signify where, when, and who the bottle was made for. 

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Antique perfume bottles with atomizers are easily recognizable. Many of them are 1920 perfume bottles, but their popularity extended well into the sixties.

This makes them more mass produced and easier to find and purchase for your collection. Some vintage glass perfume bottles have glass stoppers which make the overall container just that much more elegant. There is no requirement for price or appearance with these perfume bottles. 

The content is extremely varied, so have fun finding the prettiest and most unique piece you can.

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Are Perfume Bottles Worth Any Money?

Absolutely! As we’ve said, some of these rare and historical bottles can sell for thousands of dollars to collectors and perfume enthusiasts. The price of said perfume bottle hinges on its quality, age, and brand. 

Buying Vintage

It’s important that you go into the buying and collecting process with an understanding of what you’re looking for. If they are offering a high end antique bottle for a sizable price, make sure you look up that same piece and see what the price guide is.

Where To Buy Them

They are successfully found all over the internet, but Ebay, Etsy, and other websites with credibility will have a big variety. Browsing antique stores can offer up a unique selection and experience of hunting for that perfect piece.

Check for any cracks, discoloration, or chips from the body of the bottle. You want to get your money’s worth and ensure that the price isn’t too high for a damaged piece.

Why Buy Vintage

There is no requirement for price or appearance with these perfume bottles. The content is extremely varied, so have fun finding the prettiest and most unique piece you can. It’s a little piece of history that you can keep within your home.

In the past, perfume bottles were made and sold empty so that people could purchase whatever scent they wanted. This is still an option today, so why not find a cool antique piece for your favorite scent?

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Antique Perfume Bottles Price Guide

Prices for antique and vintage perfume bottles range in price depending on how old they are, who made them, and the level of intricacy. Some of the most valuable antique perfume bottles were made specifically for a person, so they are one of a kind and can’t be found elsewhere. 

The low end can be pocket change and the high end can be thousands of dollars for a truly rare and old piece. But generally, they are priced fairly and it doesn’t take too much sweat to find out the price guide for a certain bottle you’ve got your eye on. 

Some perfume bottles are so old they are more like artifacts rather than collectable or practical pieces that can be owned by everyday people.

Selling Antique Perfume Bottles

You might have some old perfume bottles lying around, maybe gifts from your mother or grandmother. Maybe you’ve just collected some from antiquing. 

No matter the reason, you might want to sell your own antique perfume bottles. Or, at least figure out how much they are worth and decide from there.

Before selling, do as much research as you can on the bottle you own. You might already know the brand and year, but you want to find the median price and decide what your own piece is worth. Ensure the antique perfume bottle is in peak condition and not missing any key parts. 

Where To Sell Old Perfume Bottles

Choose where you will be selling. Ebay is known for their antique options and special content around collectables. Etsy is also a simple option if you’ve found some lovely pieces at an antique store.

It doesn’t hurt to check out more niche sites to see what price you might be able to discover.

Make sure you have a safe way to package and mail them. The last thing you want is to have to refund because of rough handling during shipping. 

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Each Bottle Has a Story

Perfume has been an aspect of human beauty since ancient times, and the beauty of the containers lives on way beyond their original owners. Each antique perfume bottle you encounter has a story.

Whether it is a rare custom piece, or a department store classic from the 1900s, you aren’t the first person to dote over that vial.

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