Tuesday, April 22, 2014

EBAY FIND!: Cook's Sample Perfume Bottles on Display Card c1910

ON EBAY: Cook's Sample Perfume Bottles on Display Card c1910. This is a superb and very rare advertising piece. I love the little bottles with their little seals and ribbons still attached. The perfumes are: Sweet Violet, Throne, Alicia, Dorinna, and Rivera.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Edwardian-Perfume-Sample-Card-With-Bottles-For-Edward-Cook-Co-Ltd-c1910-/331183416611?pt=UK_Collectables_Advertising_ET&hash=item4d1c11e523







Edward Cook & Co., Ltd., (East London Soap Works)

Edward Cook was a soap manufacturer located at Norwich, England.  In the 1830s, he moved his firm to Goodman’s Yard in Whitechapel and by 1859, the company was moved again to Cook’s Road in Bow and the factory was then called the Soapery. His son, Edward was a reputable chemist. Many women worked in the soap packing department. Their best known brand was the Throne Toilet Soap.

After WW2, the company was acquired by John Knight, LTD, famous for their Castile soap which they created in 1919.



Chemist and Druggist: The Newsweekly for Pharmacy, Volume 73, 1908:
"Soaps and Perfumes for Christmas. Messrs Edward Cook & Co Ltd soap specialists, Bow London E, have this year prepared for the Christmas trade an exceptionally large variety of their soaps in souvenir boxes either alone or combined with bottles of perfume or other toilet requisites. The cases which the Company usually employ for three cakes of Excelsior Savon Violette de Luxe, Savon Violette de Parme, Russian Violet toilet soap and Savon Mignora, are sufficiently artistic to be with the contents acceptable as a Christmas present, but they have numerous special cases for example glove and handkerchief boxes each containing a bottle of Throne perfume, a tablet of Violette soap, and a box of Royalist tooth powder and individual boxes shaped like a crown and finished in leatherette containing two tablets of Riviera soap and a bottle of perfume. There are also boxes of soaps only covered with leatherette bearing in gold scrolls such phrases as 'With best wishes' and 'The Season's Greetings' and a dainty little case for gentlemen contains a stick of Solace antiseptic shaving soap. The most handsome and attractive case of the series is a crimson and gold box containing a bottle of White Lilac perfume and two tablets of Excelsior Savon de Luxe. Our subscribers will find in the selection full particulars of which they can obtain on application to Messrs Cook lines which should bring business at Christmastide."





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