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Engraved receipt of C. Bertram & Son, Importers of Wines and Spirits, No. 162, New Bond Street, London, listing twenty-six types of wine and spirit.

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[C. Bertram & Son, Importers of Wines and Spirits, No. 162, New Bond Street, London]
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[C. Bertram & Son, Importers of Wines and Spirits, No. 162, New Bond Street, London.] Undated [1820s].
£45.00

1p., 4to. On thin paper. In good condition, lightly-aged, and laid down on a piece of card. The receipt has not been filled in in any way. Beneath the decorative letterhead are the 26 categories, in copperplate: Port; E. J. Madeira; W. J. Madeira; Malmsey Madeira; Cape Madeira; Bucellas; Lisbon; Teneriffe; Sherry; Mountain; Calcavella; Hock; Moselle; Hermitage; Burgundy; Claret; Sauterne; Champagne; Vin de Grave; Barsac; Frontigniac; Constantia White & Red; Brandy Cognac; Rum Jama.; Hollands; Shrub.

Ten manuscript business letters, seven in English and two in French, from six different British wine merchants, to the French cognac house Messrs. Otard Dupuy & Co., placing orders, reporting news of the Brandy trade in Britain and shipping.

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[Messrs. Otard Dupuy & Co, French cognac house founded in 1795 by Jean-Baptiste Antoine Otard [later with Léon and Jean Dupuy], based in the Château des Valois (Château de Cognac), Cognac, Charente]
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From Aberdeen, Exeter, London, Liverpool , Stockton, Sunderland. Between 1828 and 1859.
£250.00

The ten items total 19pp., 4to. Each is a bifolium, with the address and postmarks on the reverse of the second leaf. Each is docketed by Otard Dupuy. All ten are in excellent condition, on lightly-aged paper. The six firms are: Bevan & Smith, Liverpool, two letters (both 1850); Christopher Bushell & Co., Liverpool (1859); John Currie, two letters, both in French: London (1828) and Stockton (1828); A. Leveau, three letters: Aberdeen (1849), Exeter (1850) and Sunderland (1850); William Strachan & Co, London (1828); George Wildes & Co., London (1828).

Nine manuscript business letters from the Melbourne merchants and importers Curcier & Adet to the French cognac house Messrs. Otard Dupuy & Co., reporting news of the Australian brandy trade, shipping and other matters.

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Curcier & Adet, merchants and importers of Melbourne, Australia, and Bourdeaux, France [Messrs. Otard Dupuy & Co., French cognac house, Château des Valois (Château de Cognac), Cognac, Charente]
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All from Melbourne, Australia. Six from 1873 and three from 1874
£180.00

The nine letters are in very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Each is 1p., 4to., and all nine are bifoliums with the address and postmarks on the reverse of the second leaf. Each letter docketed by Otard Dupuy; one carries long notes in French by the house, and another calculations by them. The letter of 25 March 1874 gives a good indication of the tone of the correspondence: 'Dear Sirs | We confirm our list of the 25th ultimo and have yours of the 22nd.

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