Roger & Gallet Violette de Parme Powder Perfume Talcum Bottle, 3 inches high plus ½ inch cork, 1 3/8" across and 1" deep. It has the original paper label on front marked “Violette de Parme, Roger & Gallet, Paris, New York”. There is an , embossed “R & G” on back of bottle. The bottle has a raised petal-like pattern on the base.
This dates from the 1920's, and is a fine powder perfume, which would have a stronger scent than dusting talcum powder. The bottle is a little less than half full, and the contents do smell wonderful. Ordinary garden violets, though lovely, do not have the scent of the legendary Parma violet.
So much romance surrounds the intensely fragrant violet! Cultivated by the ancient Romans, mentioned by Shakespeare, a favorite of Napoleon - this violet originated in the Mediterranean and was wildly popular in the 1800's. Now they are nearly impossible to find.