Dating baccarat perfume bottles
These beautiful vessels that house the liquid scent come in a variety of differing ages, styles and condition.
The art of perfume making began in Mesopotamia and Egypt, the first known human to create perfume was a female chemist; her name was Tapputi.
Actually, in doing more research, the bottom of the bottle is acid etched, not molded glass the way later bottles were, this puts it post-1978, but probably earlier than 1986.
And in doing even more research, the bottom of the 60th Anniversary bottle is also not acid etched, putting my bottle far earlier than 1986...
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I have tried to credit everyone for the photos used here,but I started this guide at midnight and worked on it until 3am, so I might very well have missed some credits or used something I shouldn't have.
The practice of bottling perfume in elegant glass pieces grew exponentially in the 19th century, when glassmakers around the globe began creating vessels specifically designed for the luxurious liquid.
Hopefully some will find this, and find it helpful, and please, if you have information to add, share it! It's one of the few classic Guerlain bottles that has contained just one fragrance, as Guerlain had a habit of reusing its bottles for different perfumes until Jean-Paul Guerlain took over as nose. Trying to date this bottle was difficult because it looks vintage, but it had a clear plastic label on the bottom, and the ground glass stopper is also encased in plastic.
According to Wikipedia: According to Elisabeth Barille, "while examining a sample of vanillin, Jacques Guerlain suddenly poured the entire contents into a nearby bottle of Jicky, just to see what would happen." The result: Shalimar. I found a photo (the bottom photo) of a bottle encased in a lucite block to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Shalimar in 1986, and that bottle has the same label, so I am guessing that my bottle is from around the same time frame.
Modern perfume as we now know it was thought to have been elsewhere, namely in Hungary in the 14 C, it was not long before the art of creating scent spread through Europe, with France soon becoming the epicenter of the perfumery business.
The oldest known perfume bottles date back as far as Ancient Europe, and were made using stone in order to keep the intoxicating scent of perfume cool, they may have featured hand-carved sculptures of animals and human forms on these earlier containers.This bottle is embossed with "SGD Guerlain Paris Bottle Made in France" and has a clear plastic label on the base that reads "Parfum GUERLAIN Paris 15ml 68% vol." and the date code "WX 4PC1".