Following are a few, selected tips offered to help new, as well as the seasoned, California Perfume Company and early-Avon collectors. And though these tips can not be considered the "end all-be all" of collecting guidance, I do hope that some of these helpful hints resonate with you and help you on your collecting adventure. If you have a tip to offer, I would be very interested in hearing from you. Please send your tip to george at californiaperfumecompany.

If there was one foundational truth to collecting California Quickbooks Sample Construction Company Company and early-Avon products and memorabilia that I want every person to know, it's that, "Yes!

I am often amazed at the CPC items brought to the auction block through e-Bay. Likewise, questions are sometimes brought to me through this web site accompanied by pictures of truly amazing and rare treasures that individuals have stumbled across while cleaning out old attics, remodeling old homes and buildings, going through the estates of deceased relatives The two items pictured above are outstanding examples of my point.

The Violet Toilet Water above left has never been documented anywhere! This represents the only time this humble collector has ever seen this bottle style in a two ounce version. Likewise, the Tooth Wash bottle is a great oddity owing to it's front and neck labels being intact. Though tooth wash bottles are commonly brought to market, Rocky Mountain Gourmet Food Company is the only extant example with its labels.

The truly sad part about this particular specimen is that the original metal sprinkle top is now missing. Two CPC treasures, very- to extremely-rare, found just recently! So, if you are thinking that "ALL the good stuff Calirornia already been found," think again! There is still a ton of great items out there just waiting to be found! Or, in other words, the better the condition of the collectible, the higher the price that that particular collectible can potentially bring in the marketplace.

Its condition is far from mint. The brass-colored top is tarnished and marred. It has never been opened and its original ribbon still holds the glass stopper in Comapny. Also, the label is pristine. One flaw Botles no Perfuke. The other example is a NEAR-mint bottle with its box, and the box is tattered and torn. This tip is probably of greatest value to the collector! That's not to suggest you can't or shouldn't buy other interesting pieces, however, you should define for yourself what you want to collect.

Above is a very rare find; owned by Mr. Richard Pardini of California. The three flavoring extract boxes Peppermint, Violet Coloring, and Cinnamon are empty. They represent examples of the type of boxes that would have been contained within the larger yellow CPC Flavoring Extract Set well Without doubt, the first thing to be Blttles out into the trash is the packaging.

Really, who wants that bulk material taking up space in their home or garage or shed? The products sold by the California Perfume Company were consumables: they were meant to be used and thrown away. By extension, if the products were to be consumed and thrown away after use, you would certainly expect the packaging be tossed out also!

So, many CPC items brought to market—on e-Bay, at estate sales, etc. The bottles are out there When you can find an empty box, grab it! Riverside Gas And Electric Company probably find the matching bottle for your empty box Californai thereafter.

See a further discussion on the importance of buying the box! In one respect, I don't think too many CPC and early-Avon collectors really have the issue of NOT purchasing incomplete sets or single items that were primarily, or only, sold as part of a set. That said, I still feel it is worth addressing in a couple of paragraphs! I am always amazed at the California Perfume Company and early-Avon products that are still being found today read Tip Number One above.

The opposite may be true wherein a single item bottle, tin, soap, etc. Buy It! I purchased the Baby Toilet Water bottle from Mr.

Lenny Talys back in the mids. Though I never thought that I would be the proud owner of a Baby Set, one came up Perfyme auction on e-Bay twenty years after my purchase of Lenny's Baby Toilet Water bottle! Perfune set brought to auction contained a beautiful outer box, a nice talcum tin, and an empty soap box Needless to say, I jumped on that treasure. Hence, I completed an incomplete set! I was absolutely thrilled with that purchase which gave me the opportunity to bring together my lonely Baby Toilet Water bottle with its rightful companions.

The problem rests squarely in the fact that there are few illustrations for the Californiw of early CPC products. Many of those illustrations are actually inaccurate. The first California Perfume Company catalog was published inten years after the company's claimed inception and at least four years after the California Perfume Company name was first usedand that catalog was issued with no illustrations; it was text-only.

The second catalogissued incontained a few hand-drawn illustrations. Only after the turn of the 20th century did the illustrations in the CPC catalogs provide reasonably accurate product depictions. Then, the CPC catalogs' illustrations may not have changed for years at a time, while some minor and some major changes actually did occur in the containers' styles, the containers' labels, or products' packaging—hence the "dating dilemma. New, previously unseen and undocumented CPCs are still being found today.

So, please be careful when dating your CPC item s. One of the foundational goals Lettuce Grow Company Mr. David H. McConnell, Sr. One clear way that that goal was accomplished was cutting Califormia the middle-man and employing a force of Califlrnia sellers: the Depot Managers. An additional way that McConnell held operating costs down was to use common, generic, mass-produced containers available to any and all manufacturers.

Actually this came as a bit of a surprise—I prided myself on my ability to spot a CPC bottle from a mile away ok, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but you know what I mean. Few, if any, of the product containers used by the CPC were unique to that company.

The important take away from this collector's tip is that without a CPC label on the bottle or some other defining characteristic like the metal tops with CPC embossingdon't simply assume that that item is actually CPC. This aspect of California Perfume Company and early-Avon collecting is particularly interesting to me! After many, many years of personal CPC-collecting experience, I have come across some fascinating product variants that are not pictured in any Collector's Encyclopedia, company catalog, brochure, or advertisement.

Below I have included two examples of these "unexpected" treasures along with very brief possible explanations for their existence:. This label was one originally seen on the earlier round Trailing Arbutus jars of late see comparison immediately below. The jar pictured above probably represents a very rare transitional piece: starting the new style Trailing Arbutus packaging while depleting old stocks of labels.

Collect Information About the Hobby. McConnell, founder Btotles president of the California Perfume Company. McConnell Co. See others for which D. By Any Other Name". One outstanding resource that details some of the California Perfume Company's "additional" corporate dealings is Dee Schneider's "Avon Bottles By Any Other Name. Interesting facts contained in a variety of older publications—including the Avon Times magazine and Bud Hastin's Avon Collector's Encyclopedia—provide tools so that any collector can assemble interesting, diverse, and valuable collections!

Lastly, to really bring this point home, during one of my adventures to Hagley Museum and Library home of Avon Archives for research, California Perfume Company Bottles literally stumbled upon a California Perfume Company Bottles Depot Managers' Instruction Booklet severally worn with no covers.

One of the only illustrations in the entire booklet was this Flavoring Extract Sample Case, seen immediately below. Never before documented, this phenomenal find would have remained buried from public view had it not been for research—obsessive research—but research all the same!

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