I have a sealed bottle of MBR brand. I want to know the value of it...can s...

I have a sealed bottle of MBR brand. I want to know the value of it...can someone help me with that?

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3 months ago #2
easmits
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Hi there,

The MBR on the neck glass seal stands for 'Marie Brizard & Roger', the French big liqueur company most famous for its Anisette. This bottle looks like the bottle shape & style they used for their Anisette in the first half of the 1960s, but contains something else as Anisette is colourless. But they used differently shaped bottles for all their other liqueurs, which makes it a bit difficult for me to name the contents of your bottle.
My best guess would their Rhum Charleston, the only product I know they filled in this style bottle as well. But the liquid does seem a bit too dark for a rhum on the pictures.
Unless there is a way to determine the actual contents, the expected revenue for your bottle is limited with the labels missing. I would be surprised if you would get more than 30 euros for it.

Hope this was helpful,
Emile

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3 months ago #3
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Emile,

I agree with you on this one...

Not being too familiar with all of the variants of liqueurs & cordials this company made, I was thinking it could be perhaps their Cherry Brandy, which was the darkest spirit they produced that I am aware of.

But MBR has several others that are nearly this dark also, a Creme de Cacao-Chouao, a Curacao...their Menthe is unusually dark also, though I don't see it's telltale green hue in this bottle here.

This could be a tough one to hazard a guess at...

Emile, do we know when MBR started using this format of their Seal ?!?

Cheers,
Walter C Hurst

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3 months ago #4
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Hi Walter,

Thank you for chiming in. I double checked my files and I see I was a bit too conservative with the dating. Marie Brizard seems to have switched from driven cork to these short screwcaps with paper sleeve around 1955 and continued using them until they switched to a longer type of screwcap in the early 1960s. I unfortunately don't have a sharp date on that.

I've added a 1955 US ad and a 1957 Italian ad with the different bottles they made in that period: each of the liqueurs you mention seems to have had a unique bottle shape. Although I have not yet encountered their Curaçao I believe - but I would expect it to be orange/brown and lighter than the liquid in the bottle here. Here's a link to excellencerhum that shows they used the same bottle style for their Rhum Charleston as for their Anisette (please note their dating is very 'optimistic'): http://www.excellencerhum.com/en/caribbean/3634-rum-rhum-charleston-1940s.html

Unfortunately, they never really made ads for Rhum Charleston that depict the bottle (that I know of anyway). I have not found another Marie Brizard product in that same bottle style on old advertisements: but that unfortunately does not mean that they did not have such a product. But if there were other products they sold in the Anisette-style bottle, they were smaller sub-brands they did not market very much.

I've also added a 1968 ad to showcase the extreme width of their portfolio...

Would be great if we could solve the mystery, but it might be hard without the original labels. Maybe Eric has seen such a bottle before?

Cheers,
Emile

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