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.

(If you also have a Cognac bottle you would like to sell, or you need information about age or value – send us photos and information, just submit: Use this form – but please be aware: if you don’t follow the steps precisely, we will not publish your bottle.)

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

Courvoisier Cannon VSOP

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.
Fine Champagne

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.

Bam! Courvoisier VSOP Gallon Gun-Carriage

close-up of Courvoisier Cannon bottle

Back: In glass:
Federal Law Forbids Sale or Re-Use Of This Bottle

Back label:
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!

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Jacki has been with Cognac Expert from virtually the beginning. She's the senior editor of the blog, and has spent much of her life living in rural France. Today she's based back in the UK, where she splits her working life between writing for Cognac Expert and working as a Paramedic at a large regional hospital.


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    Ernesto Chapman

    I have a bottle of Napoleon Courvoisier. It is a 4/5 QUART bottle never opened. It was solely distributed by W.A. Taylor & Company, New York, N.Y.. It is in excellent condition, the top label being torn but the original “tin foil”covered cork as well as all other labels being perfect. I would like to send some photos to someone with the hope that they can help me date the bottle as best as possible. I would appreciate any help. Please let me know where to send the photos if. I would really like to see how valuable this bottle is.

    Thanks for your time and consideration

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    Cognac Expert

    Dear Ernesto, you might want to use our “SUBMIT BOTTLE” function. You find the link at bottom and top of the page.

    Please be aware that you need to follow the instructions very precisely, otherwise we will not, we cannot publish.

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    fernando rios

    I have a question, I found in my home a very special bottle of cognac courvoiser 1.14 L, from what I see is pretty old … to know which is its current price … if I Odria help, thank you very much …

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    I have exactly the same bottle and sadly, like you, i dont know a thing about it. Did you find out something yet?

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    I have a bottled opened and it is the nicest Brandy I have ever tried.The bottle is 3/4 full, its for the sippers.Comes in a wooden cannon holder very similar to the one in the picture but with foil cap. I know its very very old, it was purchased when my nana was in her mid years.she passed away in 2010 at 85 i am now 40.

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    gary becker

    i have the exact same bottle. although mine is empty, it is in extremely great shape. gun carriage is in complete order, please comment as to your findings , do you know what they are worth? thank you.

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    Amado E Rodriguez

    I have a Courvoisier bottle with a small cannon on top of the box. Never open opened. Need to know the real value.

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    Amado E Rodriguez

    I have a Courvoisier bottle with a small cannon on top of the box. Never opened. Need to know the real value. More than twenty years with me.

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    I am interested in a Courvoisier v.s.o.p. bottles that are sealed 1/2 gallon and 1 gallon size. I can offer from $100-500 depending on the size and condition.

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    I have the exact bottle described above. It is unopened and still sealed. I do not have the gun carriage. Interested in obtaining. Thank you.

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    I have the exact bottle mention above, with wheels and bottle full unopened!
    Want to sell it, just curious of the value of it?

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    What size of your bottle
    4/5 quart
    Or 1/2 gallon
    I’m interest

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    Hi Carolyn and Mathieu, please use the submit your bottle section so we can see and evaluate the bottle and make you an offer. Thanks

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    The bottle originally presented in this thread is from 1953-1964 era.
    King George VI died in 1952 and the legal inscription “Federal Law…” was used from 1933 to 1964 hence the age bracket.
    I have a few of these 4/5 quart size late 1950s and I would value them at $75 or less. The cannon adds about $25-$30.
    Not a very valuable bottle unless it is a magnum, 1/2 gallon or other over sized bottle…

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    I have a one gall bottle of Courvoisier Cognac 80 proof believe bottled in 1969
    being as I don’t like cognac I was looking to sell it every thing is intact on the bottle

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    Hi John, please use the submit your bottle section so we can see and evaluate the bottle and make you an offer. Thanks

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    I have a 1/2 gallon bottle on a cannon carriage (unopened) described like others above. How do you find the value?

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    I also have a bottle of Courvoisier Napoleon Cognac in a gun carriage that was bought by my Mother at a Government Liquor store in British Columbia in the late 70’s or early 80’s but it has written, at the bottom of the label, “Korea National Tourism Corporation Duty Free Airport Sales”. It has the number QP 3568 I was wondering if anybody would know how the bottle got there or anything about its history?

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    Hi, I have a Vintage Courvoisier Cognac Napoleon Canon Wood Decanter Courvoisier VSOP Gallon Gun Carriage 1 953-1964 cannon liquor advertising display to sell.
    I´m tryng to submit a bottle as you sugest but is not working.
    Thank you for helping me.

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    I have a old full 1 gallon courvoisier cognac bottle on the wood chariot never been opened for sale how much is it worth. I’ve had it for 40 years never touched it.

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    Ricardo Rocha

    I have a 70cl Courvoisier VSOP bottle unopened with a label on the neck with the legend “by appointment the late king George VI” but without the large label on their body. I want to know the value market to sell it. Could you please help me?

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    Katja (Cognac-Expert.com)

    Hello Ricardo
    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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