To get the right information so that you can identify, insure, sell or simply appreciate your bottle you should become an educated consumer by researching your bottle or collection via several avenues – eBay, auction sites, the internet-at-large or you can look for similar items in our Virtual Museum. The International Perfume Bottle Association (IPBA) is happy to assist you in knowing more about your perfume bottle and vanity item collections.
So, how does this work? Our association does not give out values, but this site can connect you with knowledgeable collectors and dealers. We can help with investigating the historical significance of your special item, assist you in finding a specialty appraiser and/or assist you in finding a buyer, if need be.
Here we have a group of member experts specializing in different periods and styles of perfume bottles and vanity items who may be able to help you. They will request pictures so they can see the piece, so plan on sending them.
Our Historian is Helen Farnsworth, who can be reached at [email protected]. Mrs. Farnsworth can only provide historical information on your perfume bottle or vanity item. Please do not request evaluation of its potential monetary worth. Thank you.
The following appraisers and dealers may be able to help you determine the value of your item, or to find a buyer:
Lady A Antiques
Specialty: Compacts and related vanity items including purses, powder boxes and powder puffs. I can provide evaluations and appraisals. Please hold photos until after initial contact.
Richard W. Bell Antiques
Specialty: Victorian, 20th century dresser sets, Czech
Specialty: Vintage perfume bottles – commercial and Czechoslovakian, primarily and some vanity items; Czech jewelry. I also buy collections – a single item or the entire collection.
Specialty: Factices (dummy bottles, display items)
Specialty: Czechoslovakian, Austrian, DeVilbiss and atomizers.
Specialty: Perfume bottles, vanity items and ephemera. Cynthia’s focus is primarily non-commercial Scent Bottles and early American 20th century Commercial bottles and vanity items.
Director – Perfume Bottles Auction and Kenneth James Collection (which also has an instagram)
Specialty: All types of perfume and vanity items. Commercial, Czech and pre 1900 scent bottles.
Glorious Gems, Houston, TX
Specialty: Buying one item to large collections of fragrances including new and partial bottles, testers, factice bottles, art glass bottles, vintage and antique perfume bottles, perfume cards, powders, compacts, perfume jewelry, perfume advertising signs, and other specialty vanity items. Please contact me if you have one item or a collection.
Andra Behrendt at Lady A Antiques
Specialty: Compacts and related vanity items including purses, powder boxes and powder puffs, I can do evaluations and appraisals. Please hold photos until after initial contact.
Specialty: Can provide evaluations on Czechoslovakian, Austrian, DeVilbiss and atomizers.
Professional Appraisal Services
815-398-8155 (office 9 am – 5 pm central)
Specialty: Early to Victorian (c. 1700-1900) non-commercial bottles
Certificates of Course Completion – ASA (American Society of Appraisers)
Hourly Fee is charged. Discussion is suggested for a “collection” appraisal.
Comes with an organized PDF document with descriptions & values.
(Historical information included if requested.)
Appraisals only – Sorry, I will not purchase.
Buyer: Auction consignment and direct purchase
Specialty: Free evaluation of perfume and vanity items. Paid services include Insurance and Domestic Arbitration, as well as Shipping Loss Valuation disputes (US, USPS and Fed-Ex).