Antique bulls head perfume dispensers

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2015-06-26 11:15:26

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Antique bulls head perfume dispensers are antique vending machines produced in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the US. Items produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.

Background

They were commonly employed at barber shops, where for one cent a customer could pull on the bull’s horns and receive a squirt of scent onto their handkerchief.

An area for advertising was commonly positioned above the bull’s head, although this section sometimes contained a mirror.

Manufacturers

The Bull Novelty Company and the Continental Novelty Company were among two of the leading manufacturers of the bulls.

How much are Antique bulls head perfume dispensers worth?

Antique pieces in good condition and retaining their original parts and advertising sell for around $5,000 at auction.

A good condition 1904 Continental Novelty version achieved $5,200 at a Showtime Auction Services sale in 2005.

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