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The companies used different methods to put a stamp on the base of the bottle, words like “Guerlain” and/or “Made in France.” Cristal Romesnil and Baccarat used acid-etching, while the Pochet bottles had an intertwined HP mark.

(More on the base marks much later.) The situation with Cristal Romesnil and Pochet et du Courval is interesting.

Trying to date vintage Shalimar and navigating e Bay to find a bottle of the version that you prefer might seem, at first glance, to be an exhausting, frustrating, and complicated ordeal.

However, there are some basic guidelines to make things much simpler.

Guerlain had many different bottle designs, particularly for the parfum (like the “urn, “rosebud,” or “umbrella” bottles) and each one was in use for several decades, but I know of no Guerlain fragrance of any kind that came with batch codes prior to 1976.

So, if you’re hoping for a “hard and fast,” set rule on dating, there isn’t one.

If someone tells you with categorical certainty that their bottle dates to a specific year or decade, pre-1970s, and they’re someone who falls into the categories that I’ve listed above, then I think they’re fooling themselves.

It’s one of those things where the learning curve is initially steep but then, suddenly, it becomes much easier and one can (almost) whip through the many e Bay listings to single out the bottles which fit your precise parameters.

So, today, we’ll spend quite a bit of time on the bottle designs for vintage Shalimar, their history, their appearance, their packaging, their differences, and the methods used to try to date the bottles.

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