70 Years Old Jas Hennessy & Co. 3 Stars Cognac Bottle

A reader sent us pictures of his Jas Hennessy & Co. 3 Stars Cognac bottle, 42° REGISTERED AT 304 STATIONERS’ HALL. The bottle seems to be 70 to 80  years old. The reader’s father brought it back with him after World War 2.

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Hennessy 3 Stars

Two front labels
On the first front label: Three stars

On the second front label:
HENNESSY, Jas HENNESSY & Co. Cognac 42° REGISTERED AT 304 STATIONERS’ HALL

Hennessy 3 Stars

On the back label: Trade mark
Le Cognac HENNESSY est le produit naturel de la destillation de meilleurs vins récoltés dans la region de Cognac; les rayons du
soleil, les qualités du sol, l’action lente des annees et nos soins attentifs en ont fait une eau-de vie inimitable que l’on peut apprécier à toute heure, avant, pendant ou après le repas. Il peut (?one word?) à votre gré: Une LIQUEURE: Chauffez votre verre dans la main, respirez le précieux arôme de la vigne, buvez à petites gorgées. Une BOISSON RAFRAICHISSANTE: Coupé d’eau gazeuse ou non, il deviendra un désaltérans au parfum délicieux. Un GROG RÉCONFORTANT: L’hiver dans de l’eau ou du lait chauds, il sera votre boisson préférée.

Notre nom ajoute aux garanties d’origine fournies par l’Administration francaise, celles de finesse, de qualité et d’âge qui depuis 1765 ont
valu à notre Cognac sa réputation universelle.

On the bottelneck:
Jas Hennessy & Co Cognac

If anyone should be interested in this bottle, or give us a value idea – please comment.

Comments (35)

  1. Ruou March 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I once bought a similar bottle at auction. Final not agreement due to the costs of the seller in Italy, so I can not buy on to Vietnam.

  2. David Baker March 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    This bottle is certainly similar to those used of the period 1920 – 1935 but there is a concern regarding the 42% on the label. Cognacs sold in this period were not only sold in imperial measures but also measured in degrees proof, this measurement is different to alcohol by volume which we use today. My concern is the use of the alcohol by volume on the label and would want to know if the label has been changed or has the strength been added at a later date. Further information on this would be appreciated before the value can be decided. Cognacs of this period were indeed much older than modern cognacs where VSOP cognacs rarely exceed 6 years old as a minimum age of the blend.

  3. daniel November 26, 2011 at 6:10 am

    i have this bottle in my possesion an many more my uncle g
    has plus many more please contact me on my cell 8459439154 just leave a message

  4. PETER HENNESSY June 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I HAVE JUST BEEN LEFT A HENNESSY GLASS BARREL SCHIEFFELIN AND CO/NEWYORK WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS ITEM CAN ANYONE HELP.

  5. dino June 26, 2012 at 4:04 am

    I have a bottle of 3 star hennessy & co..it dont have the 42 degree stamp but its un-opened..early 1930 -40 bottle..Call dino 586 443 0895..it is for sale

  6. Jayatship July 18, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Hi, I have an unopenned bottle of the 3 star Hennessy also. I was wondering if anyone here knows a value. Mine has no 42 degrees. It does have the PA liquor control board stamp on it and that is dated with 1952 & 1953. Is that dated stamp a good indication of the bottle age or just when it was shipped to the US?

  7. Derek August 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Hey guys, i have also Jas. Hennessy & co. Cognac (30 U.P) i would say its much older, as nearly 90/100 years old.. if am not wrong…there is no 3 stars on it.. for more information can be arranged with pictures. if anyone is interested let me know, am from ireland:)

  8. Don Henny August 17, 2012 at 9:25 am

    @ Derek, can you send me pictures? You can also check my Facbook page with lots of Hennessy bottles. https://www.facebook.com/#!/don.henny/photos

  9. Stubz September 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

    hi, i have a similar bottle, mine doesnt have the 42 on the bottom and a different backing sticker,
    it just states ‘produce of france’ at the bottom of the front sticker.
    unopened but unsure of age.
    can someone help me on age, cheers stubz.

  10. MICHAEL MORTON January 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I ALSO HAVE THIS SAME BOTTLE OF COGNAC. THIS BOTTLE IS A 3 STAR COGNAC. IT IS THE ANCESTOR TO THE VS OF TODAY. MAURICE HENNESSEY,THE FOUNDERS GREAT GRANDSON CAME UP WITH THE THREE STAR SYSTEM IN 1865 WHEN HENNESSEY FIRST STARTED OFFERING COGNAC IN BOTTLES.ONE STAR INDICATED A YOUNG BRANDY,TWO STAR SLIGHTLY OLDER BRANDY, AND THREE STAR THE OLDEST.
    AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW, COGNAC ONLY AGES IN OAK CASKS, NOT IN BOTTLES,AS DOES ALL SPIRITS.AS A RESULT ANY VALUE THE BOTTLE MAY HAVE CAN ONLY BE DETERMINED BY A RESPECTABLE AUCTION HOUSE .

  11. Aaron January 27, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I’m looking for this Hennessy bottle. Preferably full. Let me know your price. Thank you

  12. Jose Alberto January 29, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Hi Ihave 2 bottles of cognac , Hennessy Napoleon , / Courvoisier Napoleon
    those two were bying at the bigining of 70s in france , some one have a idea how mouch those costs please

  13. roman January 30, 2013 at 2:13 am

    if you want to sell your bottles please let me know (comment by admin: Roman, please respect the rules: offer first, then communication with the seller)

  14. Matthew January 31, 2013 at 12:53 am

    I just found a bottle of the same stuff that appears to be older and without the 42, unopened. looking to sell for a good offer.

  15. Cognac-Expert Admin January 31, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Hey Matthew, you can also Submit Your bottle yourself, if you want.

  16. Demetrio February 28, 2013 at 3:56 am

    I have a Hennessy&cognac France bottle unopened with a cobra snake inside can somebody tell me if is safe.gov drink or if is worth something??

  17. Don Henny February 28, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    @ Matthew, can you send a picture of your bottle? I’m interested
    @ Demetrio, I know those bottles they are in a XO mini, it’s a fake itemyou bought them from “Vietnam” & has nothing to do with Hennessy! I would advise you not to drink that stuff!!!! It has no value… only cool to collect when interested

  18. JOHN MCDUFFIE March 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I HAVE A BOTTLE OF JAS HENNESSY C-0 COGNAC. BOTTLE DOES NOT HAVE A LABEL ANY LONGER BUT DOES HAVE A RAISED CIRCLE ON THE NECK WITH A PLASTIC OR LEAD GOLD SYMBOL. THE SYMBOL IS ROUND, WITH A RAISED OUTLINE OF THE CIRCLE AND THE HENNESSY ” ARM HOLDING WHAT LOOKS LIKE A DOUBLE BLADE AX”.
    ON THE BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE THE WORDS: LIQUOR BOTTLE FRANCE”.
    THE BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE HAS A ENIQUE FINAL TOUCH TO IT.

    CALL ME FOR MORE DETAILS. THIS BOTTLE WAS BROUGHT TO THE US BY A SAILOR AFTER WORLD WAR II AND GIVEN TO ME AS A GIFT IN 1990.

    NOT SURE IF I WANT TO SELL BUT AM INSTRESTED IN KNOWING WHAT IT IS WORTH.

    THANKS!!~

  19. Alan Sproston March 19, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I have a bottle of Martell Cognac it has a metal seal on the top which I have never come accross before. It is a three star Cognac which bears a 70 proof so I guess it’s fairly old, does anyone know this particular bottle, or it’s worth ?

  20. Christopher Lee Walker April 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I found this bottle in my grandparents house it says 3 stars Hennessy on the label and embossed on the glass towards the bottom is Ja. Hennessy France. It is a light green bottle but is very large in size can anyone help me find out more about it and what it may be worth. It is opened.

  21. pierre April 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    is that someone knows a price of this bottle?

  22. Howard May 8, 2013 at 12:14 am

    A relative recently passed away and has a full unopened 1/2 gallon bottle of old Hennessy. I only see single bottles and thought the 1/2 gallon would be very rare indeed. Any body out there know about this?

    It is the version with the 3 star label with the watermark. It is intact with full labels in perfect shape including US tax label. I do not know how to figure the year it is precisely from though.

  23. michael morton May 8, 2013 at 3:49 am

    I have one of these bottles I would like to sell. To me it is worth $1200.00. That is the price I want for it weather anybody say’s it’s worth that or not. To me it’s worth that price, it is unopened and in good condition , also mine does not have that 42 degree symbol on it and the cellar master at Hennesse’y say’s it could have been bottled as early as 1865.

  24. Mel Davis June 28, 2013 at 12:34 am

    I have one of these bottles (3 star 4/5 quart) and may possibly be interested in selling. It does not have the 42 degree symbol, but does state it is 84 proof on the bottom front label. Also never opened and has tax stamp intact. Is full and in great condition. Would like to know what the value might be.

  25. Lee September 9, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I’m living in Vietnam and I have a Hennessy cognac bottle, around 80 years old, unopened. I’ll sell it if you like.

  26. Michael October 27, 2013 at 4:48 am

    “I have one of these bottles I would like to sell”
    Please provide photos of the bottle showing level, capsule and label if you truly want to sell it. Saying that it is worth $1,200 to you means nothing to anyone else.

    What grade is it? 3-star, VO, VSOP or Extra. The bottles and labels are identical except for the neck band indicating the grade of cognac.

    If it looks like the bottle above it was certainly not bottled in 1863 or before 1920 for that matter. Hennessy was not using this type of label in the 19th century.

  27. Darnay November 11, 2013 at 6:14 am

    I got a 3 starja.hennessy co.cognac with 304 unopened

  28. STEVE January 2, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I HAVE A BOTTLE OF HENNESSEY BRANDY THE SAME AS ABOVE UNOPENED ON THE LABEL STAMPED IN RED IS THE LETTERING MAXIUM PRICE 37/- AND NOT 42

  29. Nicole March 25, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Can someone tell me what these bottles are worth having sold any

  30. Michael March 26, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Nicole: The 3-star Hennessy in the photo is worth $200-$225. The crimped capsule with the gold band was used in the late 1940s and 1950s.
    I have bought a dozen of these bottles in that price range and I will buy more if I can find them.

  31. Kenny Young June 3, 2014 at 5:30 am

    I have a Hennessey bottle with the three stars and the 84 proof from that time. It’s huge and it was made into a lamp is it worth anything to anyone out the please call me. I’m in southern California is anyone interested?

  32. Anne September 22, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    My Hennessey bottle have three stars and 42 proof. Is the sam Label like the Photo. I have some pictures, too
    Are you interested?
    I’m from Germany

  33. Michael September 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Anne: I am interested in your Hennessy ***. I have a relative living in Germany who could handle the purchase. I can offer $200 if good level and good condition.
    You can ask Sebastian to forward pictures to me if you want to sell.

  34. CARL October 8, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I HAVE A FULL BOTTLE OF JA’s HENNESSY & CO COGNAC 3 STAR 84 PROOF I THINK IT IS VINTAGE 1940’S 1950’S IT IS IN A BOTTLE MADE IN FRANCE AND SEALED WITH A METAL CAP. PRODUCE OF FRANCE CONTENTS 4/5 QUART SOLE AGENTS OFTHE USA SCHIEFFELIN & CO NY 3 NY. IF ANY ONE IS INTERESTED PLEASE EMAIL ME OR CALL 954 931 6903 . THANKS

  35. Chris January 11, 2015 at 12:44 am

    I have an antique 3 star Hennessey bottle lamp just wondering what something like this is worth its not in the best condition but it looks cool

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