Vintage Old Spice Collectibles
Vintage Old Spice Collectibles are items of memorabilia relating to the Old Spice brand of grooming products.
History and description
Old Spice was founded in 1934 by William Lightfoot Schultz. Although it's first product was designed for women the brand is more commonly known for it's male grooming products; in particular its aftershaves and shaving-related products.
The name 'Old Spice' is said to derive from a jug that Schultz's mother used to fragrance her room. It contained a mixture of rose petals and cloves and was said to have been the inspiration for the Old Spice scent.
Old Spice have produced a variety of products and are well-known worldwide, having utilised a range of advertising methods including prominent sponsorship deals such as those with NASCAR and NFL and a presence on social media sites Facebook and Twitter.
Guide for collectors
The oldest of the Old Spice containers feature the Grand Turk ship logo with the ship Friendship featuring from 1941 onwards and the ship Recovery being shown in 1946. Over 16 ships featured on logos overall. Pieces which show a sailboat date the item from the 1990s when the brand was purchased by Proctor & Gamble.
Old Spice also produced a variety of bottles and containers, some functional and some novelty. Prior to 1946 these were made of pottery and after this, glass. Mugs were also produced although drinking mugs did not emerge until the 1980s. Shaving mugs were produced from 1938 onwards.
Other pieces produced include gift sets, bottles, travel sets and hair care products. Promotional items and advertising-related paraphernalia are also available.
Generally Old Spice collectibles can be sourced from anywhere in the $5 - $300 price range. One of the more expensive items is a coffee mug produced by UK-based Wade Pottery which retails for just under $300 and depicts a ship. Most mugs in reasonable condition can be sourced at antique fairs and online auction sites for under $20.
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