Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Amour Supreme by Elizabeth Paris c1947

"SPECIALLY DESIGNED CASE FOR ELIZABETH PARIS" A specially designed case to hold a perfume called "Amour Supreme" is admired by a young Parisian. Bith the case, of navy blue shagreen lined with white moire, and the Bohemian crystal bottles, were designed by Norman Alberman. This will be the gift of Lady Nada Milford Haven, aunt of Lt. Philip Mountbatten, to Princess Elizabeth on the occasion of her marriage. Alberman is the noted perfumer who spent five years in a Nazi prison camp. 10/27/1947."
The perfume was made for Queen Elizabeth II, who was at the time still only a princess, but married Philip Mountbatten. According to history.com, "she paid for her wedding dress with ration coupons.
Princess Elizabeth married her third cousin Philip Mountbatten, formerly prince of Greece and Denmark, on November 20, 1947. Held during the postwar recovery years, their wedding was a relatively understated affair, at least compared to the lavish union of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in July 1981. With austerity measures still in effect, Elizabeth had to save up ration coupons to purchase the material for her wedding dress, an ivory satin gown designed by Norman Hartnell and encrusted with 10,000 white pearls."

Looking at the perfume atomizer in the center, it appears it is fitted with Marcel Franck hardware.

Elizabeth and her new husband Philip pose on their wedding day. (Credit: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

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