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Mystery Solved...And An Opportunity To Highlight Your Artifacts
Our community, the people, their treasures, personal collections, funny momentos and family heirlooms are a rich resource of stories, local history and more that can't be found on the pages of a book.
Posted Mar 8, 2018
Our bottle seems to have a small flower on the front and is missing it's stopper.

The mystery bottle found at the library construction site seems to be a perfume bottle.  The label reads "Rigaud & Co. Paris" with a little research we found that Rigaud is actually still an active company that sells scented candles.  According to their site it is believed that they were the first to create scented candles.  The following is taken from their website (https://www.heidinails.com/pages/rigaud-paris):


"Jean-Baptiste Rigaud, French perfumers since 1852.   Following studies in chemistry in his native Auvergne, Jean-Baptiste Rigaud came to Paris in 1852 to experience his passion and reveal the artist within him. He made his first steps in the Paris business milieu and in the world of perfumery with a renowned pharmacist, Monsieur Grimault. With passion and determination, guided by his imagination, he resolved to travel the world in order to find new and undiscovered scents in exotic lands, soon realizing the fascination and the emotion these unexploited riches could awaken in Europe’s fine ladies. (Below is a picture of what our bottle used to look like we're still trying to find a date for when this bottle was produced.)

Back in Paris at a time when the French aristocracy was experiencing a real infatuation with everything English, Jean-Baptiste Rigaud opened his perfumery in the rue Vivienne, under the name “Parfumerie Victoria” as a tribute to the Queen of England.

The names of the scents he purveyed to his clientele had a decidedly English sound: “Kiss Me Quick,” “Jockey Club,” “Bouquet Victoria.” He began what was to be a brilliant career by creating rare exotic perfumes, orienting his business along a hitherto unknown path."


An Opportunity To Highlight Your Artifacts:

We have been gifted another small artifact, that was found on site, and we plan to share that soon.  The hope with the newly remodeled and expanded facility is to have an ever changing display/multiple displays of local history artifacts, art and of interest items that residents would be willing to "loan" the library for a designated period of time so that others can enjoy their collection.  The library isn't merely a book storehouse.  Information isn't just about books and history, beauty and inspiration can be found in even the smallest of details and items.  


"Our community, the people, their beloved treasures, personal collections, funny momentos and family heirlooms are a rich resource of stories, local history and more that can't be found on the pages of a book."


Perhaps your Great Aunt Ida left you a collection of spoons, or you have a set of decorative jars you found while remodeling your own home?  Maybe you take a photo every year in front of the Ham Days Lost Children Bench?  Maybe you have a collection of all the cook books you have been able to find from local groups and authors?  Whatever the collection, we'd love to help you spotlight it.  Information isn't just about books, history can be found in even the smallest of details and items this is your opportunity to share that with your local Marion Countians and even beyond as that the library often has visitors reaching far and wide.


If you'd like to participate please call:  270-692-4698 and ask for Amy Morgeson.  Please note that initially we'll be limited to smaller items, as that we'll need to be able to show these in smaller locked display cases.  When the library returns to the finished building there will be more opportunity for larger items and perhaps hanging artwork.