Main section From Perfume Sample Leather Case
Recovered in our 2000 Expedition, this remarkable case contained 62 perfume vials (sample size) with their labels and outer protective metal cases. Some of the vials had broken and no longer contained any perfume.
Some of the perfume labels are legible and identify scents to be mixed into perfume: Carnation, Musk, Lily of the Valley, and Cashmere Bouquet, to name a few.
A partial metal case for a perfume vial is still visible on top row, second leather loop.
This case originally belonged to Adolphe Saalfeld, a perfume maker from Manchester, England. At the age of 47, Saalfeld boarded Titanic as a first-class passenger. He carried this leather satchel filled with his perfume samples onboard the Ship. At the time Titanic sailed, the American perfume business was booming: Saalfeld may have intended to his fragrances to fashion boutiques and department stores in New York, or in other major cities.