Noel Coward's perfume atomiser
Gold and red enamel
"NOEL COWARD 16.12.62" (engr. on side); "SOUVENIR GUIDO", "CONSUL Amor", "W GERMANY" (manufacturers marks)
Presented to the Garrick Club by Florence Desmond, 1985
An entry in Noel Coward's diary [Ed. Graham Payn and Sheridan Morley, "The Noel Coward Diaries" 1982 p520] dated Thursday 20th December, tells us that he "became sixty-three on Sunday [16th - the date engraved on the side] and Gladys [Calthrop] gave a party - quite fun, but no party is one hundred per cent enjoyable if you neither drink nor smoke. However, I rose above it. It was a cheefully mixed bag. This perfume atomiser was presumably a birthday present.