Here come two old Hennessy Cognac bottles with a rather interesting story:  “These 2 bottles, among many other obscure old bottles, we’re said to have been stored in the bottom of the Broadmoor Lake during prohibition. After prohibition was lifted the bottles were retrieved from the lake. My grandfather was a commander in the U.S. Air Force and with NORAD, and the bottles were given to my family as a token of appreciation for his service to Colorado Springs and all of North America. My family has a great deal of other obscure bottles from the period before prohibition, but these Hennessy bottles always seem to get the most attention. The bottles are unopened, but have different levels of liquid inside. “

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HennessyWhole Bottle Front

The label reads: Labels are worn and torn in places. Here is everything that can be read on the front label. Both bottles appear to be identical, but the second bottle’s labels are in far worse shape:

Front Label:
Hennessy (smaller top label)
Hennessy & Co. Cognac (larger label below with artwork)

Below the artwork on bottom center of label:
Bottom right of the label:
Stationers Hall

Back label is in bad shape, so only certain words are visible (“…” Indicates missing words):

“…eau de vie,…”
“… l’acquit…”

Not much else is readable, but you can see there are lots of French words on the back label. Also on the bottoms right of the rear label is a drawing of three banana shapes with the words:

Very faintly you can see there are more banana shapes on the left, but there don’t appear to be any writing in them.

Top of bottle is made out of metal and has the words “Hennessy Cognac”

There are three stars on the top label.

The second bottle, which is in far worse shape, also has a black stamp on it partially over the rear glass and the back label that says:

(Three stars) Hennessy Cognac

Tax labels, revenue, signs or similar: I am not sure what to look for as far as stamps are concerned. But as mentioned earlier there is a black stamp on the second bottle that has three stars and says “Hennessy Cognac”

HennessyFront Label

How has the bottle been stored:

  • Up-right standing

Some more information about the bottle:

  • Cork is protected by a wax seal

HennessyCork and tops

The level of the cognac: High shoulder or top shoulder: the level of cognac has reached the upper curve of the shoulder

Our reader would like to sell this bottle of 2 x Three Star Hennessy Bottles.

Please make your offers, ask questions or inform us about this bottle – give your opinion. Buyers please note: We do not accept simply pasting your email address into the comments – please make an offer first; then later on we will connect buyer and seller. Thank you.

Buyers please note: We do not accept simply pasting email addresses into the comments – please make an offer first; then later on we will connect buyer and seller. 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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    These are 1930 era 3-star (They could be as old as 1920s). You can see the stars on the upper labels, that with the type of capsule (cork with lead foil) tells you exactly what it is. (Pre 1935 3-star)
    I have photos of this type of bottles in good condition but cannot post photos on this blog.
    In good condition they would be worth $350 each. In this condition about $300 for the one with good level… the low one maybe $100 to a drinker of good old cognac who wants to risk it (Cognac may be bad – low alcohol)
    I hope this is helpful.

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    I would be interested in buying the one bottle for $300 or both for $400 if you want to sell them.

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    I am interested in this bottle. May I know how much you will sell it for? Thank you.

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    My offer 500$ for both bottles
    If you want to sale

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