Mary Chess Perfume
Mary Chess Perfumes Mary Chess’s Fragrances were favored by the Queen Mother and Hollywood Actresses like Lana Turner. Mary Chess was born Grace Mary Chess in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of William E. Chess, the owner of a local cordage mill. In 1907 Mary married Avery Robinson an MIT Graduate, also from Louisville and son of another Louisville mill owner, who worked for her father.
In 1920 Chess and her husband, Robinson left for London where Robinson was employed as treasurer to the Royal Philharmonic Society In London she became famous for her sculpted metal flowers which she sold to the Queen Mother. She founded the Mary Chess Company in 1932.
The Mary Chess Perfume Company
She Mary Chess started making perfumes in New York in 1932 after she was disappointed by the insipid aroma of a bottle of toilet water.
What made her perfumes so unique was that She created all her perfumes herself, using natural ingredients. Many of the ingredients came from her own garden
By 1934 the Mary Chess name was becoming a proxy for fine women’s perfume. She was titled by the Queen of England as a Registered Supplier of Perfume to the Crown (the Queen Mother was especially fond of her fragrances).
Mary Chess Perfumes
Mary created many perfumes, of which arguably the most famous is Tapestry. This is an incomplete perfume list, which I will continue to add to.
1932 White Lilac
1932 Desert Verbena
1935 Floral Odeurs
1956 Souvenir D’un Soir
Unknown – Chess D’or
Collector’s of Mary Chess Bottles
Just after World War II and continuing into the 1960s, a selection of Mary Chess perfumes was sold in glass bottles shaped like chess pieces. Although they were expensive,even at that time, these sets were quite popular.The Wheaton Glass Company of Millville, New Jersey produced the glass bottles and pressed figural stoppers for Mary Chess from 1946 to 1948.These pieces are very collectible today and extremely rare and hard to find.