A reader from Portugal offers this Martell Cordon Argent Cognac. He writes “I bought the bottle many years ago from a very old house in bordeaux along with some fine vintage wines, the cognac was a last moment offer from the owner. It travelled with me through 3 countries and its now time to either drink it or sell it. Please note the wax seal over the cork is very damaged and the round wax seal is also partially missing. The bottle has a very deep bottom ending in a what looks like a raised uneven circle of glass. I’d like to know more about it – the owner believed it was from the 1930’s or before. If anyone would like to make an offer please feel free. “

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Martell Cordon Argent CognacWhole bottle

The label reads: Martel
garantie plus de 60 ans en futs
j & F Martell
corden argent
a signature J Martell & F ?
cognac

Tax labels, revenue, signs or similar: Damaged wax seal with part of the words Martel and 60 ans

Martell Cordon Argent CognacLabel

How has the bottle been stored:

  • In a humid place
  • In a cellar
  • At room temperature
  • Up-right standing
  • Lying on its side

Some more information about the bottle:

  • Everythings seems fine
  • Wax seal is about to fall apart

Martell Cordon Argent CognacCork

The level of the cognac: Mid shoulder: the level of cognac has reached the middle of the shoulder

Our reader would like to sell this bottle of Martell Cordon Argent Cognac.

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26 Comments

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    Hi,
    Very interesting and contradictory bottle…this bottle is not like the other bottles Martell…

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    Hi, thanks for the comment – i agree thats why i bought it.

    I believe its much older than the previous owner thought, maybe around 1900
    It looks like a hand made bottle and you can see the vaseline glass effect quite clearly in the last picture.
    The lack of achohol percentage statement on the label would also suggest its very early

    The 60 ans plus information probably make the contents well over 100 years old

    Really i’d like some feedback from the experts here on how to date it

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    The large rectangular MARTELL makes the bottle newer than 1927 when they started using this style brand marker. It also appears that the ribbon has been ripped out from under the main label and the rectangular label?

    I am concerned about the type of wax cap. I have owned identical bottles with foil caps. I am wondering if the wax seal is an “artisanal” resealing job on a bottle that used to have a regular Martell cap.

    The 1937 Cordon Argent has exactly the same labels as your bottle but has a spring cap.

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    Hi, thanks for your reply.
    i’ve owned the bottle for a number of years and the wax has slowly disintegrated, various knocks and bumps when moving house.
    This has given me the oportunity to see small pieces of both the top and the 60 ans shoulder button
    The wax on both is identical , and when broken is an identical bright blue colour.
    I appreciate what you are saying , but i find it highly unlikely that an “artisan” re-waxing specialist -and i’ve never encountered a term like this before
    a would bother to do this
    b. would also manufacture the 60 ans shoulder label
    c. Then would devalue the whole thing by breaking part of them

    I bought the bottle when i lived in France in the 1990s and it was in a similar worn condition to everything else sold to me by the owner of the house in Bordeaux.

    Maybe there was a cut over period when Martell moved from Cork/Wax to metal spring cap on this brand !

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    The round wax button has the words

    Martell
    60
    ans

    on it.
    sorry i did warn you that the photo didn’t do it justice
    Theres a distinct crack across the centre of the round wax button, so i wouldn’t argue if you said it had come off / been broken and stuck back onto the bottle – but i do believe its original to the bottle
    Possibly broken off when someone pulled the ribbon off for whatever reason.

    French wine cellers tend to be horrible, damp, messy places – as unlike the romantic vision we have of them that its possible to be.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the ribbon was in such an awful mouldy mess that it was taken off.
    Anyway – thank you all for your input
    The consensus seems to be you don’t like the wax, but the bottle is probably 1930s

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    Amazing what you don’t see if you’re not looking for it.

    There is indeen a rip line where the ribbon would have been on the ‘T’ of the rectangular label and the 60 of the main label that entirely fits someone removing the ribbon – it also explains the damage to the wax shoulder tab, clearly cracked and put back on, on the same fault line.
    There was enough wax over the cork when i bought it for me to believe it had never been re-corked.

    This leads me to believe that it is all original , so thank you for helping me though the thought process

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    Thanks Michael

    just one small difference

    mine doesn’t say ‘exportation interdit’ on the very bottom of the label.

    so i guess if we can find out when that started we can be a little more accurate.

    i”ve looked at mine witha powerful spyglass
    and there is a small gap under the wax covering the cork at the front directly where the ribbon would have been pukked out, as it has been from th label.
    This makes me believe the wax covering was original.

    Far too complicated and pointless to fake – especially as i didn’t pay big bucks for it 20 years ago

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    Hi,
    if you look carefully at the top photo here you can see the indentation where the ribbon was, and i believe possibly still is that exactly matches the marks on older bottles covered by lead seals.
    I agree the rectangular lable would suggest 1920’s /30s , but the style of the glass bottle inself would suggest earlier – i have some pre 1900 bottles and the style and feel of the glass is similar.

    I also just found an early bottle of extra with exactly the same wax covering/colour

    http://www.oldliquors.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_maatwerk.tpl&product_id=422&category_id=60&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=36&lang=en

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    I don’t believe that it is has been resealed either. On the other site where you posted this bottle I have provided a picture of an Extra with similar seal from approximately same age range. I was most confused by the fact that Martell used foil seals on ALL Cordon Bleu from 1910 onward and I had only seen wax seals on very recent Cordon Argent and Extra. But I was wrong. Extra from 1930s had wax seal so no reason Cordon Argent would not also. Since my Cordon Argent with the foil seal is from 1937, I will guess yours is just a few years older.

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    Thank you Michael.
    so a 1930-ish bottle of Cordon Argent – albeit one thats had a hard life

    I think what happened to the ribbon will remain one of lifes mysteries.
    The old man i bought it from 20 years on is probably not still around to ask.

    Any one want to guess a value before i decide if i’m going to open it or not ?

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    If the cork is not exposed (Wax covers entire top of cork) the value would be about $900-$1,000. Could you provide a picture of the top of the capsule? If the top of the capsule is good I have a buyer for it.

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    Sorry the wax covered less than half when i bought it . a large triangle stetching over the top, and is now almost totally gone. just a tiny fraction remains over the cork.

    Just for fun a couple of weeks ago i left it in a holder upside down over a glass to see if it leaked overnight, it didn’t , so sadly there wasn’t a drop to taste, but it satisfied me that the bottle doesn’t leak

    thanks for the information

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    Andrey i sent you a picture – top down – a couple of days ago
    check your emails

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    Also on the doesn’t leak theme – the level of cognac in the bottle hasn’t changed in the 20 or so years i’ve owned it
    It mainly stands upright , in a cool storage room in Portugal, formerly a celler in Italy and before that a celler in France , but i lay all of my cognac and whisky with corks down a couple of times each year for a day or two.

    I’ve never had a cognac thats gone bad, even a few of the 1800s i’ve drank – i find they get smoother, less bite a stime goes by.If anything is wrong its a slight smell that dissipates withing an hour of opening or decanting the bottle.
    Of course the state of the corks is a different matter.
    unlike wine – i estimate more than 75% of the wine older than 30 years old i’ve drank has been bad to some degree.

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    Hi Steve,
    Considering that the wax is broken but the bottle does not appear to have leaked or been damaged I can offer you $750. Would that be acceptable?

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    Hi Mike,
    i appreciate the offer, but it is a very rare bottle and for me to sell it needs to be a little higher

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    Michael, add $100 +postage and it can be yours
    You also need to be aware of the customs tax payable if applicable to where i send it

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    Hi Steve,

    I´m a german Martell collector and It´s wonderful for me to see this rare old
    Cordon Argent 60ans bottle. I can offer you $900 for this bottle and I think it´s
    a good price for this bottle.

    br
    Ralf

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    Hi Steve,
    Many thanks for a rare bottle! Martell experts confirmed the authenticity of the bottle and the fact that this bottle – one of the first releases of Gordon Argent.
    Best Regards,
    Andrey.
    P.S. bottle was bought for 816 euros (delivery in Cognac). Now bottle passes update wax then acquire a “new life”! Photo updated bottles can be seen on my page collection Martell.

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    Hi Andrey,
    i always believed it was an early bottle
    Congratulations on getting a fantastic buy and taking the time and trouble to have it restored to perfection.

    I;m happy for you and happy the bottle went to a collector

    p.s if you feel like sending a thank you bootle feel free 🙂

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    I have two of these for sale with seals and in the boxes.
    Last one I purchased in Europe in 1977 and is in French.

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    Johan
    Are you interested in selling? Could you E-mail photos to Jacqueline so she can forward them to me. Or open a new Sell Your Bottle subject with photos
    Thanks
    M

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    Adel Makkar

    Hi
    On Adel I live in South Australie.
    I bought a bottle of Martell Robin Argent Aldo from Bordeaux in 1966.
    I was advised by its owner that it is one of the last limited edition made by the two Martells before tjeybwent separate ways.
    It Is stored in a stable upright position but once or twice a year laid on its side for two days and rotated 360 degrees in 45 degrees increments.
    The top wax seal , the connecting white clearly printed ribbon and the pb seal are perfectly intact
    The serial no of this limited me via production. Is also v clear and intact
    I will attempt to put the photographs even if the burgundy velvet box on the site. If I cannot my e mail is [email protected]
    Few years back it was auctioned for more than 7000 euros

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    Hello. Im alvaro from
    Madrid. I have a martell botell cordon argent from 1937. I qould like to sell if someone
    Interested. Contacted me

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