One of our readers recently inherited a very interesting item as part of his mother’s estate. A very special porcelain Cognac bottle from Camus.

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It comes in a white cardboard box, which contains a velvety blue card box inside. Opening this up reveals a blue ”bottle” of cognac in the shape of a book with a spare Napoleon hat ”stopper” for when it is opened. It is still sealed and not a drop has been touched.

Camus Napoleon Cognac

Its has lettering on it describing it as: Camus Napoleon Cognac, Bi-Centenaire de L’Empereur 1769-1969

Camus Napoleon Cognac

Napoleons bicentennial

Searching for an item like this on the web brings up a couple of references to it on the web that its porcelain with gold leaf lettering/imageing and was a limited edition produced to celebrate Napoleons bicentennial.

Camus Napoleon Cognac

The bottle also reads Production Limitée Reservée a Camus Cognac: Model Déposé. And it comes from Porcelaine Limoges Castel France.

Camus Napoleon Cognac

If any of the visitors can give a bit more information about it and perhaps tell the owner what the item is worth.
Thanks a lot.

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Max is a spirits expert and speaker, into marketing, technology, startups, and business development. He’s also a farmer. He likes tools and machines, Game of Thrones, and Better Call Saul. Included in his Top 10 Cognacs are the Audry XO and Bache Gabrielsen 1973.Max founded Cognac Expert in 2010 at his family’s estate in Poullignac, in the Cognac region, France. Started as a blog, today Cognac Expert is the world’s largest website about all things Cognac, a blog, and a specialized online shop featuring 800+ different Cognac bottles.


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    Hey any update on how much it might be worth I have the same set

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    anthony nishimura

    i have one but it dosent look the samen as the one in the picture, mine isent blue , but it still looks like a book, and it say in the bottom 200 jubi 1769 – 1969 serial number JR0516 3-5 what is it worth???

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    Cognac Expert

    Anthony, it’s always difficult to judge without a picture. Please use our SUBMIT A BOTTLE function – and it’s highly likely you will get some help, or even a buyer for your cognac bottle.

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    I too have one of the same edtion but in green
    dont need to submit a foto surely
    just imagine the blue one in green !
    number 0193
    would be interested in selling if we can establish some basis of price
    i see they’ve just brought out a Renoir limited edition in similar form @ €139
    any offers ?? im in uk

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    I have one that is similar but is in a 22k gold in a red velour box . Anyone interested?

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    I have two bottles of the same one as in the picture, I would be very interested in selling them, I’m in the UK

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    I have a bottle the same as the picture the number underneath is 0345 I’m in Australia….does anyone know how much this is worth? Ive had it for 30 years

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    I have a similar bottle in the shape of a book but it is white base colour with green and gold style binding,gold writing,picture of napoleon in uniform one side, crest and BI CENTENAIRE DE L’EMPEREUR NAPOLEON 1er 1769 1969 ,No B1886. i am in australia just looking for any price information.

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    I have tha exact same bottle as #8 tony and want to sell it for a fair price im in georgia, u.s.a mine isenclosed in a gray velvet case with the N seal

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    I have a bottle of camus cognac blue bottle with gold writing on the box pattern porcelain egg decanter I want to know the material he can help me?

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    I have the same bottle as #8. I would like to kbow its value. I live on the Island od Saipan.

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    Does anyone ever give an answer re the price on these posts? can’t see the point if you say its the same as the one in the picture and still not getting a repy?

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    LOL Thomas….with the results on this forum…I might do the same!!! cheers Selena

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    just bought one in green immaculate if empty. £150.00 probably overpaid a bit but they are rare.

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    I have similar it is a Green book Napoleon one side Bi-Centenaire De L’Empereyr Napoleon – 1769 -1969 Limoges Castel FRANCE 22x Gold Limited Edition
    interested in offers

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    i have a nice 1 , in blue & the box , with a round stamp on the left bottom , some coat of arms with MNP underit the france under it & LIMOGES on the bottom , right of stamp , it says – production limitee Reservee a Camus Congac ! number L0819 , anyone intrested ? sydney australia !!!! send msg on fb , better than email!!! name warwick towle , picture of me standing next 2 a red mazda rotary R100 ok ???

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    G.Sarwar Khero

    It comes in different sizes and colours.I have two sizes green and black with multi colour Napoleon full standing picture.So price may depend on these factors as well..

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    I have white bottle shaped like a book gold trim and pic of Napoleon on front andbicentennial 1769-1969 on reverse. Bottom inscription Production Limitee Reservee aCamus-Cognac serie No BD 533.
    It is unopened and in a green felt style box.
    Any idea of value???

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    Ian Compton

    I have a book type bi centenaire napoleon 1769 -1969.full. and still in the box it came with. has batch number and series numbers on it. It is white with gold trim with Napoleon standing upright. INTERESTED in a price please ????? thanks Ian

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    hi I have a blue book….22 k gold..but with a blue and gold stopper. no box…sorry. Would be interested in selling it. I bought it at a carboot…..cheers….

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    Hello, I have the exact same one(blue box ) and I have no idea what it sells for…..but I tried to sell it at several liquor stores in San Diego and was basically run out of the stores and told not to try this again something about the ATF….Thank you PS I would like to sell this asap

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    The liquor laws of the US are quite tricky… You cannot sell liquor without a license. This law is designed to prevent bootlegging and prevent individuals selling alcohol around the state taxes to force liquor producers to sell through official channels.
    You own a bottle of old liquor which has already been taxed so nobody really cares about it but you are technically not allowed to resell it because the laws do not differentiate between selling and reselling. You are not selling liquor, you are reselling a collectible which happens to contain liquor…
    On the other hand the state absolutely does not want liquor stores to buy from anyone but official licensed distributors so the penalty for a liquor store owner to buy from an unlicensed seller is quite severe. If they buy from you they will lose their license and may even go to jail.
    If you sell it to an individual nobody will care.

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    In Reply to Michael: Thank you so much for the info.. I understand now and will be cautious about whom I sell to! I do not want to cause anybody trouble.. Your very kind

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    Hi John, I was trying to get $700.00 for it…..the cognac is 300yo and should by really smooth..if your are interested please e-mail me. Thank you

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    The cognac is nowhere near 300 years old. The bottle was sold in 1969 to commemorate the 200 year anniversary of Napoleon’s birth.
    Camus Cognac only exists since 1863 so their absolutely oldest cognac in 1969 would have been 106 years old.
    This cognac was probably 20-30 years old (ie distilled around 1939-1949). Cognac “age” is measured as the number of years it has spent in casks prior to bottling. After bottling the cognac no longer ages so those years count toward the age of the bottle (ie how collectible it has become) but cannot be added to the age of the cognac.

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    Hi Michael, Thank you for the info…This is what I was told about this by one of the liquor store owners….I would love to sell it and I tried to put my e-mail up but it wouldnt allow me to do so….

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    Carolyn, thanks for your recent comment. For several reasons we do not accept simply pasting email addresses into the comments – first we recommend to clarify the important details such as price, location and so on via the comment function. Once this is done, please contact us via [email protected] and we’ll put you in touch.

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    Does anyone have tasting notes on this cognac? I’m more of a drinker than a collector. I’d like to hear from anyone who has tasted it. Is there any way to find out how old the cognac was when it was bottled? I have the green bottle and it’s still full. My tenth wedding anniversary is coming up so I thought we’d try it.

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    (cont.) I have the green bottle and it’s still full. My tenth wedding anniversary is coming up so I thought we’d try it.

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    I have no tasting notes on this particular Camus but in general Camus Porcelain decanters are filled with very average cognac as it targets collectors of Limoges porcelain rather than cognac drinkers.
    Additionally cognac typically doesn’t fare well in this type of container.
    If you are going to drink the cognac I would select a better grade cognac in a regular bottle rather than spend the money on a mediocre cognac in a fancy container.

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    i have a darker bottle in blue but it reads in the bottom product limitee Reservee a camus-cognac serie no. A 2267 . please help me tell me it worth….it is still sealed and never been opened. it looks like a book

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    I have a bottle similar to the photo but its green in colour with gold lettering. I am in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and would like to sell it if its the right price.

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    i have the same in green with gold writing,
    I’m in australia.
    Happy to sell for a bargin

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    Katja Verkh

    Hey Jessica,

    Would you like to sell your cognac? If yes, you can have a look at our auction section. The process would include an estimation of your bottle´s value by our experts. For further questions, please have a look at our auction FAQ.

    Thank you!

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    Got this Cognac bottle a year ago, from a family member. The exact same sealed book bottle (but in white). It was sitting some place since 40 years. I read all comments here and around. It looks like it has no outstanding value, so I chose to Drink it! I just opened up the Bottle yesterday! This was my first Cognac ever. (For real) I usually dislike strong alcool and are more like of a Port, Wine and Craft beer drinker.

    Well… I just evolved towards a new step in my life. It just happened. I instantly felt in love with this Cognac. I dont know how it compares to others but this Cognac is very smooth, great amber color and deploys a lot of fruit. I don’t know if good Cognacs are supposed to be on the spicy and woody side, but this one is definitely smooth and fruity with a very pleasant Oak touch. Amazing to drink. I can’t wait to try other Cognacs. Maybe I’ll post again in couple months when I get more experienced to it and gain the ability to describe it better.


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