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These bookends feature Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), and appear to be an advertisement of Courvoisier Cognac. According to the Wikipedia page for Courvoisier, “Napoleon Bonaparte visited Bercy in 1811 as documented in a historic painting by Etienne Bouhot and later was credited with saying he wanted his artillery companies to have a ration of cognac during the Napoleonic Wars. Legend has it that Napoleon I later took several barrels of cognac with him to St Helena, a treat much appreciated by the English officers on the ship, who named it "the Cognac of Napoleon".

In 1869 Napoleon Bonaparte’s heir Napoleon III personally requested Courvoisier and bestowed the honourable title of "Official Supplier to the Imperial Court" which is still displayed at the Courvoisier museum in Jarnac.” Excellent condition.

For more information see:

"Courvoisier." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 30 Oct. 2015. Web. 13 Jan. 2016.

Name: Napoleon

Maker: Unknown

Date: ca 1930

Material: Gray Metal

Markings:

Front: COURVOISIER COGNAC

Back: IMPORTED BY W.A. TAYLOR & CO MIAMI FLORIDA 80 PROOF SOLE DISTRIBUTION FOR THE U.S.A

Height: 6.25”

Rarity: 5*

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Rarity ratings are as per Collectors Encyclopedia of Bookends, Kuritzky L and De Costa C, Collector Books, (Publishers) 2006

1-2 VERY COMMON: Consistently available online or in antique malls at all times

3 COMMON Available with regularity, typically seen several times each week online; found with ease in malls or shows

4 UNCOMMON:In online sales, may be seen as often as several times per month. Sporadically found at shows or shops

5 RARE: In online sales, seen only a few times per year. Seen at shows and antiques shops rarely

5* SINGULAR: The pair has only been seen once by the authors

Item ID: OCK094

Napoleon Bookends

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