Identifying dating bottles

So, my tips or pointers are, like everyone else’s tips and pointers, merely rough guidelines.

With that word of caution, let’s move onto the specifics.

The look of the crystal is the manufacturing information that has ever helped me in choosing a bottle.

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I have the sense that Pochet and CR made the greatest number of their bottles from the 1950s onwards.

Not just for Shalimar, but for a number of the Guerlain parfums.

In addition, I’ll share a few of the tips that I’ve picked up for navigating e Bay listings and finding hidden gems, sometimes for a more affordable price than expected.

Before I start, I want to underline once again something that I said in Part I: there is a lot of guesswork involved when trying to date anything much earlier than 1976 which is roughly when Guerlain began using codes on its bottles and boxes.

I recently had to use a sort of reverse engineering or backwards analysis based on nothing more than the height dimensions (inches) of a listed bottle in order to figure out its size and possible date of release. The process is much like playing Sherlock Holmes except, in this case, the tiny clues often don’t yield definitive answers.

I want to emphasize that I’m not an expert on dating Shalimar bottles, but I’ll go over the basics and the factors that I personally use or look at when trying to decide which bottle to buy.

“Dating” can be an extremely technical, arcane, and overwhelming process at first and I found it quite confusing myself when I started out, so I’m going to try to make things as simple as possible by using as many photos as possible to show the small differences between bottles.

I’ll also provide you with links to various guides or articles that go through the minutiae and specifics of the many types of Shalimar bottles over the decades for you to read on your own time.

I’ve read that Cristal Romesnil made some Shalimar “bat” parfum bottles as early as the 1920s, but I can’t say that I’ve come across anything they’ve made at bottle bearing a sign that it was made by CR.

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