Henri Renaud purchased the perfume company Laugier Pere et Fils, said to be the oldest perfumer establishment in Paris, in 1839 and renamed it Renaud et Cie. M. Sichel Javal succeeded Renaud in 1844. Fast forward to 1924 when “Renaud Perfumes” are described as “the perfumes of royalty” and advertised in American magazines from Popular Mechanics to The New Yorker. The fragrance “Sweet Pea” was introduced in 1925 and heavily advertised. A 1928 ad shows a “1 dram leatherette case—genuine sweet pea” for $1. The ad reads, “True Sweet Pea by Renaud. The crowning achievement of this famous French house and the reward of a quarter of a century’s research is this True Sweet pea Perfume, price $37.50 per bottle.”
Here is the 1928 Art Deco snap-shut presentation case holding its original 1 dram bottle of Sweet Pea. It is truly an international piece—a case made in the United States, a blown glass bottle from Germany and a perfume from France. The case is covered with taffeta textured green leatherette imprinted with two gold frames on the outside lid. The inside is lined with satin. The bottom of the case has a pale green velvet frame that holds a blown blue and clear glass striped flacon with a brass screw top. The satin on the case lid is imprinted Reynaud-Paris 1817/American Depot/Boston. The embossed gold foil Renaud label on the bottle is imprinted Made in France. The brass top is stamped “Germany”. The case measures 2 5/8” x 1 3/8” x 5/8”. The flacon measures approximately 3 ½” tall. It still contains a little of its original “Sweet Pea” perfume.
The case and bottle are in very good condition. The case shows very little wear. The spring on the lid is tight and closes securely. The lining and frame are both intact with no damage. There are no visible cracks or chips to the bottle but the brass cap is frozen in place. There does not appear to be a glass dauber. Please examine the photos and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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1928 Renaud Paris Blue Striped Blown Glass Sweet Pea Perfume Bottle in Presentation Case