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Monday, May 20, 2013

Duchess of York by Prince Matchabelli c1934

Duchess of York by Prince Matchabelli: launched in 1934. Dedicated to Mary Beatrice, Duchess of York, 1658-1718.

Note: Please understand that this website is not affiliated with the Prince Matchabelli company in any way, it is only a reference page for collectors and those who have enjoyed the Prince Matchabelli fragrances.  

The goal of this website is to show the present owners of the Prince Matchabelli company how much we miss the discontinued classics such as Duchess of York and hopefully, if they see that there is enough interest and demand, they will bring back the perfume! 

Please leave a comment below (for example: of why you liked the perfume, describe the scent, time period or age you wore it, who gave it to you or what occasion, any specific memories), who knows, perhaps someone from the company might see it.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral fragrance for women. It was described as "the unforgettable sweetness of purple English lilacs and slipper flower bottled for the woman of impeccable breeding and quiet good taste".

Also said to be an "English garden bouquet."

Another advertisement claimed it was ""Persian lilac from the Black Sea Riviera. A scent as stabbing to the masculine heart as a fair face with a tragic past."

 I have no published notes on this composition. I would need a sample to tell you what it smells like.
  • Top notes:
  • Middle notes: lilac and lady's slipper 
  • Base notes:

Home Journal - Volume 84, 1927:
"Prince Matchabelli's Duchess of York perfume (lilac) in coroneted bottles, $10, $18, $35."

The New Yorker - Volume 11 - Page 47, 1935:
"Matchabelli : The best still is Duchess of York (lilac), but Grace Moore (tantalizing and spicy), Princess Norina, and Empress of India (very exotic and Oriental) are in great demand."


bottle, green glass (not flashed), gold trim, 2". Photo from Richard D. Hatch & Associates

2 oz clear and gilded bottle. Photo from worthopedia

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown.

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