A reader has a Courvoisier VSOP Gallon Gun-Carriage bottle. Lovely bottle, which also reminds of the Camus bottle that was submitted to Cognac Expert, see here.
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On the neck label: By Appointment The Late King George VI Courvoisier Ltd. Purveyors of of Cognac Brandy 10
On the bottle above the front label: Courvosier V.S.O.P. Brand Liqueur Cognac
On the front label: By Former Appointment to H.M. Napoleon III
All Courvoisier Cognac bears the registered phrase
“The Brandy of Napoleon”
Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.
Bottom label on front:
84 Proof – 1 Gallon Product of France
Produced and Bottled by Courvoisier, Jarnac, France
Imported by W.A. Taylor & Company, New York, N.Y., Sole distributors for U.S.A.
Back: In glass:
Federal Law Forbids Sale or Re-Use Of This Bottle
When imported, this Cognac was accompanied by an (somewhat faded red text – best I can make out is:) auTUIT REGONAL JAU…..
issued by the French Government indicating that this grape brandy was distilled in the Cognac Region of France from wine produced in that district.
Then there is an image of the bottle and gun-carriage with the text: Gallon Bottle Gun-Carriage underneath.
When my great, great aunt passed away, we took this and a Camus Very Old Napoleon cannon/gun carriage that used to be in her house. This particular bottle is empty – there is a small 1/4″ hole in the glass below the back label… and the wooden cannon piece is missing a little “foot / knob”. Neither cannon was taken very good care of, and is faded. They are both on display in our home office in a bookcase.
If you have any information about value and history of this bottle – please comment. Thank you!