Through all my moves and my brief stint (this was about a total of ten years, before my current house that has seemingly acquired so much stuff! I blame the house, not me) at minimalism, I always held onto mine. I never bothered to research them before, but once I decided to photograph them for my blog I figured I should try.
I'm not that savvy on perfume or what keywords to use, but one bottle I had seemed the easiest to find information about. The shape and the type of plastic used for the lid gave me great starting points. I knew from the plastic that this had to be made in the 1940's or earlier (it seemed like a bakelite type plastic), and the the shape seemed fairly unique.
And score! It was really simple to find. This is a Tassel Cologne Wrisley vintage bottle. It came out in 1941 and was called "Gold Tassels" and retailed for $8 for a dozen or $1.50 each (according to the ads I found online). I was curious what that would be in today's money, and according to online inflation calculators, $1.50 of 2014 dollars would be worth about $24 in 1941. Right now people are selling this type of bottle online for about $10-$30. So even without the perfume, it has maintained a decent price. Not planning on selling mine, though!
There seems to be a few variations of the Gold Tassel bottle, so I can't be sure exactly what year this one was purchased (if they changed the bottle each year? No idea!), but it's nice to have a general idea.
When the mood strikes me again I should research the other bottles. It's fun knowing what little bit of history I own (unknowingly!).