From the Worthologists’ Files: A European Perfume Bottle

One of the advantages of being an appraiser is the sheer volume of incredible things one comes across on a weekly basis. Not all are hugely valuable, antique, rare or even all that sought after. Many times their value is only sentimental, but they often come with priceless provenances. Our Worthologist file cabinet is a treasure chest of such items– appraisal requests from our clients ranging from stuffed aardvarks to folk art zithers, all of which I’ll cover here in this column

There is a strong demand for perfume bottles like this gorgeous example from Europe made in the 1920’s.

Our Client wrote: 

“This perfume bottle was a gift to my mother from my my great aunt. I don’t know much about her other than she traveled Europe extensively before World War II, and her husband worked for one of the big English shipping companies. My mother gave it to me after she sold the family home and downsized to an apartment. I’m not sure if it’s really worth anything, but it looks like ones used by actresses like Bette Davis and Carole Lombard in old black and white movies. It measures about 5” tall and looks like…; it’s very heavy for its size. 

My Reply: 

Based on your images it is certainly European and dates from the time your great aunt was reported to have been traveling in Europe. A great many like this were limited production items made for a number of perfume companies in France between World Wars I and II (1918-1939). Some were produced by very famous glass houses during that period and are highly collectible. This one is a particularly nice piece and a very good example of 1920’s Czechoslovakia glass made for Langlois “Shari” scent, circa 1922. There is a strong demand for pieces like this, especially if they have elements of the Art Deco style about them. Other examples of perfume bottles have sold for $1100.00- $1500.00 at auction in recent years.  This perfume set by Langlois in the photo below from our Worthopedia sold for $780.00. 

Langlois “Duska” Art Deco perfume gift set sold for $780 in 2006.

Another example from our Worthopedia is this vintage Cara Nome perfume bottle by Langlois shown below that sold for $1900.

This vintage and rare perfume bottle completely sealed, c. 1918, sold for $1900 in 2013.

Mike Wilcox, of Wilcox & Hall Appraisers, is a Worthologist who specializes in Art Nouveau and the Arts and Craft movement. He can be reached through his website

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