Mysterious-100-year-old-brandy-legacy-to-fetch-up-to-£1000-at-auction

Byline: A mysterious 100-year-old bottle of brandy is set to be auctioned by Charterhouse Auctioneers in Dorset on 21 November with the proceeds going to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and World Wildlife Fund UK (WWF UK).
Page Content: A bequest left in the Will of Mrs Mary Sennett in 1980, the history of the brandy bottle remains lost in time.

The bottle has been kept in a sealed box at RNLI headquarters since 1990. In July, crew members training at the RNLI College were finally able to carefully unscrew the box to reveal an immaculately preserved F.Latour & Co Vieille Reserve Cognac from 1914 with an original 1914 seal.

David Baines, specialist wine expert at Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne was on hand to value the bottle. He said: ‘It’s exciting to see an antique Latour bottle so unspoiled, with the perfect level of liquid, colour, an unbroken seal and clear label.

‘With the 100-year commemorations of Armistice Day next week, we expect this unusual item of memorabilia from the Great War period will be of interest to potential buyers.

‘We hope that the bottle will fetch between £600 and £1,000 at auction.’

A befitting gift, brandy has a long history with the RNLI as it was the standard practice since the very early days of the service until the late 1980’s to issue lifeboats with spirits as an aid to help revive or sustain people. Coxswains were given strict instructions to ‘keep an eye’ on the issued bottle!

In the 1881 publication Treatment for Restoring the Apparently Drowned, the RNLI instructs:
‘On the restoration of life, a teaspoonful of warm water should be given; and then, if the power of swallowing be returned, small quantities of wine, warm brandy and water, or coffee should be administered.’ 

Guy Rose, Legacy Administration Manager at the RNLI says: ‘We are hoping that potential buyers will be interested and inspired by the mystery behind this unusual charity bequest.’

Six out of 10 lifeboat launches are only made possible through gifts in Wills. After taking care of loved ones, any gift is precious to the RNLI. Just £330 pays for a new lifejacket to keep an inshore lifeboat crew member safe at sea, £600 is enough to equip a beach lifeguard, while £1,404 will provide the annual training required for a lifeboat crew member.

Those interested in attending the auction should contact Charterhouse Auctioneers on 01935 812277 or visit www.charterhouse-auction.com. The auction will be held at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3BS.

Byline: A mysterious 100-year-old bottle of brandy is set to be auctioned by Charterhouse Auctioneers in Dorset on 21 November with the proceeds going to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and World Wildlife Fund UK (WWF UK).
Page Content: A bequest left in the Will of Mrs Mary Sennett in 1980, the history of the brandy bottle remains lost in time.

The bottle has been kept in a sealed box at RNLI headquarters since 1990. In July, crew members training at the RNLI College were finally able to carefully unscrew the box to reveal an immaculately preserved F.Latour & Co Vieille Reserve Cognac from 1914 with an original 1914 seal.

David Baines, specialist wine expert at Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne was on hand to value the bottle. He said: ‘It’s exciting to see an antique Latour bottle so unspoiled, with the perfect level of liquid, colour, an unbroken seal and clear label.

‘With the 100-year commemorations of Armistice Day next week, we expect this unusual item of memorabilia from the Great War period will be of interest to potential buyers.

‘We hope that the bottle will fetch between £600 and £1,000 at auction.’

A befitting gift, brandy has a long history with the RNLI as it was the standard practice since the very early days of the service until the late 1980’s to issue lifeboats with spirits as an aid to help revive or sustain people. Coxswains were given strict instructions to ‘keep an eye’ on the issued bottle!

In the 1881 publication Treatment for Restoring the Apparently Drowned, the RNLI instructs:
‘On the restoration of life, a teaspoonful of warm water should be given; and then, if the power of swallowing be returned, small quantities of wine, warm brandy and water, or coffee should be administered.’ 

Guy Rose, Legacy Administration Manager at the RNLI says: ‘We are hoping that potential buyers will be interested and inspired by the mystery behind this unusual charity bequest.’

Six out of 10 lifeboat launches are only made possible through gifts in Wills. After taking care of loved ones, any gift is precious to the RNLI. Just £330 pays for a new lifejacket to keep an inshore lifeboat crew member safe at sea, £600 is enough to equip a beach lifeguard, while £1,404 will provide the annual training required for a lifeboat crew member.

Those interested in attending the auction should contact Charterhouse Auctioneers on 01935 812277 or visit www.charterhouse-auction.com. The auction will be held at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3BS.