This Perfume Bottle / Decanter contained Ft. Wayne, Indiana's Thomas Biddle's Perfume, a floral scent introduced in 1877. Keesling's Book of Recipes and Household Hints from 1890 called it – the best perfume in the world. The cylindrical bottle has a flared base and at the top a sloping shoulder. The bottle / decanter is crystal with encircling cut panels on the base and cut lenses decorating the shoulder and a ground and polished pontil. The name Biddle's Satisfaction Bouquet is deeply wheel etched into the surface Old English Text font. This is bracketed on either side by an upward pointing arrow and stylized fern sprays are at the top and beneath the title. The stopper is original and is faceted cut.
Age: late 1870s – 1890s Condition: Bottle / Decanter is very good. There is a small flake to the base of the stopper; see photo #9.
One of the best commercial perfume bottles of the 19th Century we've seen, large and elegant.
Size: Height: 11 1/8"; Maximum diameter: 4 1/8"
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