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Friday, April 26, 2013

La Gourde du Poete c1922

La Gourde du Poete was sold by La Gourde du Poete, a perfume company created by Rosalie Leforestier, whose original perfume company was named Parfumerie de L'Etoile, established in Paris. La Gourde du Poete was imported into the USA by Rochambeau starting in 1921.

The Gourde was sold from 1921 to 1924.


The delicate, striped glass perfume bottles included in the set were made in Germany.

The sterling silver and the 14kt gold gourde scent bottles were manufactured by Lebkuecher.

The sterling perfume bottle measures 1 7/8" tall and 1/2" in diameter at the base, and weighs .26 troy oz. Marked on the base with Lebkuecher's trademark followed by "Sterling 225" and "Patents Pending". Lebkuecher worked in Newark, New Jersey c. 1896 to 1909. The company was later changed to the Eleder-Hitchcock Co.

From The Jewelers' Circular, Volume 85, Issue 2, 1922.
“One of the most fascinating novelties recently put upon the market is “La Gourde du Poete”,. This is a miniature perfume bottle for Milady’s purse. This particular bottle has many advantages over other similar bottles on the market. 

 The “gourde” is so constructed that the perfume cannot spill or evaporate and one drop may be obtained at a time either by means of a dropper attached to the cork or by inverting the bottle and lightly shaking it. This is made possible by the vacuum system. Thus, whatever perfume appeals to the extravagant taste of milady may be used without thought of waste.  

This attractive little “gourde” may be obtained in either 14k gold or sterling silver. It is also put up in sets of three, one of either the silver or gold bottles and two glass bottles filled with perfume, but a replica of the metal bottle. This little perfume bottle is readily filled by the use of a medicine dropper or fountain pen filler.  

A thing so charming and practical makes a strong appeal to the feminine taste and will undoubtedly prove a very popular and interesting item among the novelties on the gift table. It is such unique offerings as these dainty perfume bottles that often catch attention first and lead to ready sales.”

Glass bottle set

Sterling or 14kt Gold bottles

The Gourde was available in the following scents:

Ambre, Muguet, Fougère, Violette, Rose, Mimosa, Oeillet, Cyclamen, Chypre, Héliotrope, Origan and Lilas.

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