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There is only one way guaranteed to make a defective antique perfume atomiser WORK that does not cost too much.   Usually the rubber and the fabric components will have perished.  It is rarely possible to replace these parts with an exact match; so it is very unlikely that supplying you with one atomiser pump bulb alone will fix your atomiser.  You can order the pump and try and cobble it all back together again but it is very unlikely to work.  It may LOOK all right though, and that may be all you that you are looking for.  You decide.

     Many systems of diffusing perfume, so that it may be applied as a mist, have been patented over the years.  The early twentieth century, along with mass production and with the commercial success of the synthetic aldehyde perfumes of Chanel and Houbigant, saw hundreds of patents taken out in this field.  It follows that all the metal parts associated with each patented design will never be compatible with another, and that to make single parts to replace missing or defective parts will be expensive even where it is deemed to be possible.

     In general the only true value associated with antique perfume atomisers is in the attractive glass.  There are some atomiser pumps that deserve to be preserved for their ingenuity and engineering excellence; some, made of solid silver are themselves worthy of praise and collection but they are few.  The restoration and repair of such artifacts should be left to the most skilled of model-making engineers.  So you must steel yourself to throw away ALL the metalwork attached to the old bottle.  Now you can make the bottle work again.  You will use our pumps and parts, which are not expensive.

     THE ONLY WAY WE KNOW THAT GUARANTEES THAT THE PUMP WILL WORK IS FOR ALL THE OLD METALWORK TO BE REMOVED AND DISCARDED.  Replace the old parts with our new short pump or a long pump and our matching threads and metalwork.

     If you do not want to do this, you will ask the question: “Can you just supply one small part that will make the thing work?” The answer will always be “NO.”

     “But…  I only need the pump part?”

      The answer is always "NO!".

     THE ONLY WAY WE KNOW THAT GUARANTEES THAT THE PUMP WILL WORK IS FOR ALL THE OLD METALWORK TO BE REMOVED AND DISCARDED.  Replace this with our new pump and threads.

     You can of course butcher any of our parts and glue them or fix them onto your bottle but it is very unlikely that the contraption will ever work again.

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  1. Remove the old metal parts from the glass neck.  You want to expose the glass neck beneath the old metal fittings.  THIS CAN BE DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS.  (You can break the neck right off.  We’ve done it!)  We usually heat the metal part alone with boiling water or a gentle flame.  Be careful not to heat the glass because the stress can break it.  Heating the metal cap will make the cap expand slightly so you can ease it off by gently working it loose with an adjustable pipe wrench.  Traditionally the cap is held in place with plaster of Paris.  This will form a perfect seal if there is a key on the glass and a key on the cap.  With luck and a little water you should be able to break down the joint. You will feel it crumbling away. You may find that the cap has been glued with an epoxy or another adhesive. If so, heat will still help but the cap will be much more difficult to remove.  You may have to grind away the complete metal cap or grind two cuts into it so that you can prise it off.                                      
  2. Measure the neck diameter and choose one of our neck parts. Choose a pump. Dye the pump if required.
  3. Now fix the new cap in place.  If you want to follow the traditional method, use plaster of Paris. There must be a key on the glass (this may be just one flat area). Use plaster to fill the space between the glass and the new cap.  Make sure there is a key inside the new cap.  If you do not want to worry about the “keys” in the glass and the cap, the easiest way is to fix the new cap in place using an epoxy adhesive like Araldite.   Make sure not to foul the threads with modern adhesives.
  4. Make sure the polythene siphon pipe is long enough to reach inside to the farthest edge of the bottle.  Then when in use,  you can then tilt the bottle so that the last of the perfume is guided to this area.
  5. To clean the glass.  Try using kettle de-scaler for residues.  For really tough stains inside the glass use de-scaler and a quantity of tiny ball bearings or ceramic chips. Rattle it around until the residues have been worn away.
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