Pauline E. Turco’s New Book “The Crown Top Book”

end of August 2013 043 (2)Mama collected perfume bottles as a youngster and a teen. She had shelves in her room that held her collection. Back then in the 1930’s and 40’s perfume could be bought at the variety stores and the Five and Dime stores. They were inexpensive and came in a variety of shapes and characters. She packed up her collection and stored it in the attic. It stayed there untouched for years. On my 21st birthday she gave me the collection. She knew I liked bottles and had collected some. Her collection wasPerfume 1 a total surprise. We never knew she had them. The old perfume had lost its water and most bottles had a little gooey stuff in the bottom. I cleaned them all out and put them together into on shadow box table. I kept on looking at them and studying them. It was really fascinating to realize that this collection captured a time period and nothing was added after they went to the attic. All the bottles were over 65 years old now.  Through the years I started collecting perfume bottles and scent bottles. My first bottle I ever bought was in 1969. It was a clear glass small bottle with a plastic Rudolph on the top of the lid. I still have it. My collection got up to over 3,000 bottles. I had them everywhere. One day I just had my fill and called a dealer and he bought the whole collection for $1,000. Some I had paid 25 cents for and some I had paid $100 for. I just wanted the majority of the clutter gone. The only ones I saved were Mama’s collection that was never separated, crown stoppers, glass figurals from the 30’s and 40’s, petit point, and blown glass. They arePerfume 2 getting harder and harder to find in stores. Ebay has ruined the market. I like to go and find, not shop at home. In 1990 I found a small book, “Perfume Bottles Remembered,” by Emily Hart Killian. It was the first book I had ever seen on the type of perfume bottles I liked and collected. Of course there are very old and very expensive bottles. I just like the simple ones. I wrote to Mrs. Killian and we even phone called a couple of times. She was ascan0007delight. Since then I have bought many perfume/scent bottle books. I have bunches of the perfume bottle auction books that are really good. Recently, I got an email from Pauline E. Turco. She told me she had a new perfume bottle book out. I told her I needed more info and she sent me some color pictures of her book.  I asked her how did she get my name and email. She told me I had ordered something from her several years ago. I don’t usually buy over the net, but  her new book, “The Crown Top Book, German Porcelain Perfume bottles 1920 – 1939” seemed fascinating.  I mailed her a check and the book came real quick. I have taken it on 3 trips as my what-to-look-at-when-I-am-bored book. The information is wonderful and the pictures are great. Thanks, Pauline!!!! Good luck on your collecting and book.scan0006

About Jim Gatling

Artist: primitive watercolors, colored pencil. Quilter: Original designs, Scrap quilts. Craftsman: Woodburning, Recycling Teacher: Retired MHS, SHCS K-12 Part Time. Collector: Antiques, Quilts, Glass, Buttons, Petit Point, Needlepoint, Hankies, Figural Perfume Bottles. Son, Father, Grandfather, Neighbor, Friend.
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1 Response to Pauline E. Turco’s New Book “The Crown Top Book”

  1. Charlotte says:

    I love bottles, but you have us all beat!!!

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