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Mäurer & Wirtz Eau de Cologne bottle (early 1800's)

This Eau de Cologne bottle, complete with a metal screw cap bearing the 4711 logo, is held at about three ounces. This particular bottle design was produced in the early 1800’s by the German care product company Mäurer & Wirtz, which got its start in 1799 and continues to operate to this day. Compared to other bottles the company produces today, this design is particularly simpler in design and labeling. And while many cologne bottles would have a cylindrical body and tall neck, this body is more spherical in design. On the label is the phrase “Farligt att Fortara”, which roughly translates to ‘dangerous to consume’.




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