"It is not known if any examples of the work/perfume of G.W. Septimus Piesse have survived to the present day, meaning that the specimens in the sealed and intact bottles from the Mary Celestia might represent the only known and testable samples of a Piesse perfume available to perfume historians and chemists."
Author Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone and her co-authors describe this discovery in "Sunken Treasure: Resurrecting a long-lost 19th-century fragrance," from the June 2014 issue of Perfumer & Flavorist Magazine, and now available for free download.*
As the World Perfumery Congress prepares to kick of in Deauville, France, June 10-12, "Sunken Treasure" presents another view into fragrance's unique and mysterious history.
*Authors: Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone, The Bermuda Perfumery; Philippe Rouja, Department of Conservation Services, Bermuda; Jean-Claude Delville and Lionel Nesbitt, Drom; James Delgado, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and Dominique Rissolo, Waitt Institute