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I was browsing in a Paris antique shop one winter afternoon when a fitted leather train case caught my eye.

It contained silver-handled brushes, boot hooks, a straight razor, several silver-stoppered glass bottles.

One bottle was different. Encased in wood, with a handwritten date: 1903.

Inside the bottle, there was still the faint aroma of a gentleman’s cologne. Custom-made for a rich traveler a century ago.

Curiosity was eating at me. I bought the case and sent the bottle to a laboratory for analysis. They broke down the residue by gas chromatography. Identified its fingerprint through spectrophotometry.

The report said: an “old woody fougère.” Clean citrus notes, bergamot, “green notes.” The middle notes: clary sage, cardamom. The dry-down: leather notes, smoky labdanum… elemi, tabac, frankincense.

The detective work was impressive. So is the thing itself. Women like the way it smells on a man. Like a symphony that begins loudly, then soon slides into subtle, entangling developments that grow on them.

Or so I’ve been told.

1903 Vintage Cologne (No. 1400). In a wood-encased bottle like the one I found in Paris. 3.4 fl. oz., 100 ml. Made in USA.

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1903 Vintage Cologne

Item No. 1400

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Size: 3.4 fl. oz. / 100 ml.

Cannot be shipped to P.O. boxes or internationally.

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By SWright
Mackinac Island, Mi.
Best smell before nature
It smells real and it makes you feel whole and pure. And, by the way, Women love it. It also lasts a long time if you use it in moderation. Love, love, love this scent. Thank you Mr. Peterman. P.S. I used to shop at your store in the past. I could not stop buying. Thank you and hope you stay in business as long as I live. Steve W.
New York NY
Confirmed User
Nice masculine scent. A little lasts all day. Ditto for the shave cream.
By P1
New Mexico
Confirmed User
Love It
I dig this stuff…its probably not for everybody but that's one of the reasons I like it. Its unique and I like the packaging. I liked it so much I bought all the 1903 products. J Peterman….NEVER change the formulas on these items!!
By BCravens
Louisville, KY
Confirmed Buyer
Great Product
Wanted something that no one else wears. Very subtle, does not over do.
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