Great! We just received a picture of this nice lithographic stone from a reader. It was used for printing labels of Cognac Otard Dupuy, so it must be quite old. The stone must have been used either back in Charente, or in New York for labeling for Schenley Import Corporation.
The stone is about 1.5 kg heavy, and measures 16 x 13 cm.
Our reader is interested in selling this rare item.
For those of you that do not know what Lithography is :
Lithography (from Greek λίθος – lithos, ‘stone’ + γράφειν – graphein, ‘to write’) is a method for printing using a stone (lithographic limestone) or a metal plate with a completely smooth surface.
Invented in 1796 by Bavarian author Alois Senefelder as a low-cost method of publishing theatrical works, lithography can be used to print text or artwork onto paper or another suitable material. (Wikipedia)
If there is anyone who is interested in this stone, please comment. But please let’s be careful: Let’s not get this into the hands of counterfeiters that might develope the idea of faking Otard bottles…