Here comes a Martell Cordon Argent Cognac that one of our readers from Minnesota, USA sent us.

The Reader writes “My mother died a year ago, and this bottle was found in her basement. It belonged to my Grandfather, who died in 1988. When he died, she brought it home, and now it’s mine. I would like to know the year, and the value of this bottle.”

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Martell Cordon ArgentThis photo shows the whole front of the bottle, including the Martell ribbon that runs beneath the label and the seal. There is also a square Florida tax stamp.

The label reads: Front label:
Martell
Very Fine Liqueur Cognac Brandy
J & F Martell
Cognac Cordon Argent
4/5 Quart Martell x B 80 Proof
Cognac – France
Produce of France
Sole distributors in the USA
Browne Vintners Co., Inc.
New-York, NY

BACK LABEL:
The contents of this bottle are the natural product of wine produced and distilled in the cognac district of France and accompanied at the time of importation by the acquit regional jaune d’or issued by the French government.
Martell x B
Cognac – France

Tax labels, revenue, signs or similar: Red tape over the top, reads US Internal Revenue, Distilled Spirits, Browne Vintners Co., Inc., New-York, NY, 4/5 quart, number 3115504 and then one more digit that may be a 0, then a tear where there may have been one more digit.

Small square stamp reads: State of Florida, Alcoholic Beverage Tax, 43 2/5C, with the state seal and a Director’s signature.

There is a Martell ribbon on the front under the label and a seal. The seal is stamped with MARTELL CA.

The bottle is imprinted with: “Federal law forbids sale or reuse of this bottle” and “Martell & Co., Cognac, France”, and “Bottle made in France”.

Martell Cordon ArgentThis photo shows the front label. There is also a back label that reads: The contents of this bottle are the natural product of wine produced and distilled in the cognac district of France and accompanied at the time of importation by the acquit regional jaune d’or issued by the French government

How has the bottle been stored:

Some more information about the bottle:

  • Everythings seems fine

Martell Cordon ArgentRed tape over the top, reads U.S. Internal Revenue, Distilled Spirits, Browne Vintners Co., Inc., New-York, NY, 4/5 quart on one side. And number 3115504 and then one more digit that may be a 0, and a tear in the tape where there may have been one more digit

The level of the cognac: Into neck: this means the level of cognac is still in the upper bottle neck, normal

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

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.

15 Comments

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    Hi,
    This bottle is probably the beginning of 50-ies…in a good condition… very good level…I will offer $550 +shipping in Eastlake, OH

    Best Regards,
    Andrey.

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    Late 1950s or 1960s… Park & Tilford was the US importer until 1956 I believe and Joseph Garneau after 1967
    Browne-Vintners had the license for 10-11 years in between. They had also been the Remy Martin importer in the late 1930s.
    I will offer you $800 for this bottle, shipping to Maryland.

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    Dear,
    That bottle of issue of the early 50 says that aluminum cap made with riveting. Offer for a bottle like Michael $800.

    Best Regards,
    Andrey.

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    Hi,
    great bottle from the beginning of 60s in wonderful condition and excellent level.
    I will offer you 800 euros for this Park & Tilford bottle, shipping to Germany.

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    This is not a Park & Tilford bottle. It is a Browne-Vintners bottle.
    Park & Tilford was still the US importer in 1955 so the bottle (Browne-Vintners) cannot be older than 1956. It must be one of the last bottles with the rivet.

    Please note it is illegal to send alcohol by US mail, UPS or FedeX from the USA to Europe, which I unfortunately experienced… My shipment was confiscated and destroyed by the US Postal Service. It is a small but very real risk.

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    Thanks for all the info on this bottle! So are Andrey & Michael both offering $800?

    Thanks for the international shipping info – I’ll check into that too.

    Kim

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    Hi Ralf,
    Bottle not “Park & ​​Tilford” – bottle “Browne-Vintners” ! Apart from the risk to which Michael said, you still need to consider the cost of customs duties the European Union! Rate of customs payment can be up to 100% of the appraised value, in this case, better to specify a delivery undervalued or use – a “gift”, but that’s very risky!

    Hi Michael,
    Bottles with “rivets” on the cap are earlier releases!

    $825 + +shipping in Eastlake, OH

    Best Regards,
    Andrey.

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    Hi,
    Thank you Michael for the information regarding Park & ​​Tilford. I of course mean this Browne-Vintners bottle and would also like to make a higher bid.
    Thanks for your information regarding transportation from the U.S. to Europe I will hence refrain from further bidding. I wish the high bidder a lot of fun with this
    Rarity of Martell.

    thank you
    Ralf

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    The first Martell advertisement where Browne-Vintners is listed as the importer, dated 1956, shows this exact bottle with a riveted capsule. The Martell ads from 1955 show Park & Tilford as the importer. The 1957 ads show the non-riveted capsule. The bottle must be exactly 1956, the only year when Browne-Vintners imported a Cordon Bleu with the riveted capsule.
    See link above.
    I will offer $850. I can pay cash and pick up the bottle in person at the end of May since I will be in Minnesota (in the Twin Cities area)

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    Wow. Great discussion, I’m enjoying reading it all! Michael, you win. I’ll get in touch through Sebastian and look for you at the end of May. Thanks, everyone!
    Kim

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    Hi Kim,
    Your bottle is actually – very rare! Unfortunately at the moment I can not offer more than $ 825 as recently acquired several rare and old bottles of Martell. I am a collector Martell (do not sell bottles as others do) and if you agree to wait for some time (a month or two) I am willing to offer you $ 1,000. Your bottle is in my collection and you will be able to see it!

    Best Regards,
    Andrey.

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    Hi Kim,
    In order to complete the transaction you need to contact Sebastian and pay his fee so he will provide you with direct contact information to reach me. I will be in Minnesota with my wife (who is from there) at the end of May. I will meet you anywhere around the Twin Cities. We are staying on the North side of Minneapolis. This is a very rare bottle nearly 60 years old with cognac that is another 50-60 years older.
    Cordon Argent is a very high quality cognac, much better than the Cordon Bleu that Martell is famous for. Martell made both Cordon Argent (aged 60 years) and Extra (aged 70 years) in the 1930-1950s but in the late 1960s the two types were merged under the Extra designation so you don’t see Cordon Argent anymore.

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    Andrey – I appreciate your latest offer, but I have already agreed to Michael’s offer of $850, so I must honor that.

    Michael – I now have your email address, so I’ll be in touch soon.

    Thank you both for the discussion and information. I have a feeling my Grandpa knew exactly what he had in this bottle. He was quite selective. Thank you for helping me fill in some details.

    Best,
    Kim

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    Hi Kim,

    I respect your choice! Although your choice may seem premature.

    Best,
    Andrey.

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    Adel Makkar

    Hello
    Im Adel from Australia
    I have an even older Limited Edition bottleof the Ribon Argent Extra Cognac 35 cl bought in bordeaux in the late 60’s.
    This is a very rare bottle nearly 60 years old with cognac that is another 50-60 years older.
    Totally agree with this statement
    Cordon Argent is a very high quality cognac, much better than the Cordon Bleu that Martell is famous for.
    Martell made both Cordon Argent (aged 60 years) and
    My bottle is the Extra (aged 70 years) in the 1930-1950s and the bottle with its burgundy container have these inscribed on them
    Please communicate with me to e mail you the photos of this unique historical bottle.

    Im unsure how to show or publish the photos of this rarity.
    Can some one assist please.
    but in the late 1960s the two types were merged under the Extra designation so you don’t see Cordon Argent anymore.

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