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 yew 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.
The analysis I commissioned said “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.
1903 Vintage Cologne (No. 1400) in handsome wood-encased bottle like the one I found in Paris. 3.4 fl. oz., 100 ml.
Can not be shipped internationally.