Location: Hunter-Dulin Bldg, San Francisco
Featured Detective: Private Investigator Sam Spade
THE SCENT: Step back in time to “Hunter-Dulin Bldg” with Flame Noir Candle Co.’s original, all natural, book-lovers soy candle inspired by private investigator Sam Spade. Our handmade lead-free scented candle features a commanding blend of fresh tobacco, Indian sandalwood, aged leather and the smoldering intensity of wood smoke.
THE SCENE: Step inside “Hunter-Dulin Bldg”, San Francisco, 1930 and take a ride to the 5th floor where you will find the offices of Sam Spade, Private Investigator. Let your imagination run wild as you exit the elevator and step into a white marble hallway interspersed with black tiles in intricate patterns. Head into the waiting room of “Spade & Archer” where you find a fresh-faced Effie Perrine sitting behind the reception desk, a Royal Portable typewriter in front of her. She rises to walk through a wooden and glass door just past her desk, marked only with the word, “Private”. You enter Sam Spade’s office. The small space is filled with leather and hard wood furniture. To the right of the door sits a small table with a lamp next to a black leather sofa. A framed picture of the Hunter-Dulin building hangs on the wall above it. To the right of the door is a bank of file cabinets holding stacks of binders and note pads. A calendar is pinned to a wall nearby, crossed by the shadow of “Spade and Archer”, which is painted on a window overlooking San Francisco. Sam Spade sits behind his desk, his gray fedora laying on the desk blotter next to a black rotary telephone. He attempts to roll a cigarette, eyebrow cocked in annoyance. Effie takes the cigarette papers and tobacco from him, sits lightly on the edge of his desk, and quickly does the job. “There’s a girl wants to see you,” she says. “Her name’s Wonderly.”
SCENT NOTES: Indian sandalwood, aged leather, fresh tobacco, spicy cinnamon, cedar, dried leaves, charred wood, pine, warm cloves, vintage wine and musk
SCENT STRENGTH: Medium
NOSE: Spicy top notes of Indian sandalwood mellow against vintage leather and fresh tobacco middle notes, with a mysterious lingering smoke finish that gives this candle a subtle, masculine quality.
GIFT IDEAS: Hunter-Dulin Bldg. makes for a perfect housewarming, special occasion, holiday or birthday gift under $10 (4 oz) or $20 (8 oz) for fans of Sam Spade, Film Noir, detective mystery lovers, coworkers, husbands and wives, boyfriends or girlfriends, fathers, private investigators, police officers, crime fiction writers, Film Noir and detective fiction buffs, or really anyone attracted to aromatic masculine scents with a vintage vibe.
FEATURED DETECTIVE: Private Investigator Sam Spade. In 1929, tough San Francisco private investigator Sam Spade first appeared on the pages of the 10-cent pulp fiction magazine, Black Mask, in a series of stories written by Dashiell Hammett. He is credited with being the archetype for all hard-boiled detectives who followed.
CHARACTER STUDY: Detached, edgy, antagonistic – Sam Spade plays by his own rules, and he plays for keeps. From the Maltese Falcon to A Man Called Spade, no fainting femme fatales or the business end of any pistol will derail Sam Spade once he is on the case.
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RECOMMENDATIONS: We hope our customers will enjoy their new candles as they were meant to be experienced – while companioned with the books, radio programs, films, games and other official media in which this wonderful character is featured. We encourage you to discover the hidden secrets and engrossing mysteries of classic detective fiction. Give it a try and tell us what you think!