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Mystery Bottle-Chu Chin Chow
This guy is one of the perfume bottle mysteries of our time. Maybe someone out there has one or will find one with a paper label on him & will resolve it one day. He looks like an un-enameled version of Chu Chin Chow. But this bottle compared to Bryenne's enameled Chu has a slightly thicker collar & heavier mold lines. There are different opinions for him. One is he is believed to be a 20's bottle-but not Chu. Another opinion is an un-enameled Chu made by a different glass company at a later date. The last photo in the listing is a cropped photo of an actual Chu Chin Chow bottle taken from an illustration from the book "Perfume Presentation -100 Years of Artistry" Ken Leach author - KRES Publishing 1997.
The actual Chu Chin Chow was a perfume made by Bryenne starting in 1918 with bottle designed by G. K. Benda & manufactured by the French glass company Verreries Brosse. Our guy is the same height as Chu - 2 1/2". He has a base of approx 2 1/4" wide x 2 3/8 deep. His figural head/collar lid is a white opaque glass (think milk glass). His body is cobalt colored glass. He has no chips, cracks, deep scratches or repairs. He is in excellent plus condition. Scanning with a 10 power loop I am not even finding nicks. With the loop I do find original to manufacture swirl lines in the glass. I also find with my eyes abrasion marks from original grinding of the top rim of the neck and grinding abrasion around side of neck & top of bottle next to neck. We believe this to be original to enable the figural lid to fit well without rocking. The lid fits properly & appears to be the original for bottle. With the loop I can also see occasional shimmery mottling in the cobalt in the sides of the bottle (see photo #5). I don't know if this is something original to glass manufacture or if it is internal fog as the neck is to small to enable me to see interior sides. But whether he is Chu or not he is a difficult bottle to find and is a great addition to a collection due to his mystery of origin.
This perfume has been reduced to below our cost because we lost the interior stopper while packing at a show.
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