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Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 01:43 Mon 04 Jan 2016
by djewesbury
DRT wrote:The first two letters could be "Fr".
Yes. It could be a lower case 'f' also - it could almost be 'friends' but the last letter is most definitely an 'm'. Or at least it's not a 'ds'.

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 13:25 Mon 04 Jan 2016
by AHB
I read it as "friend"

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 17:41 Mon 04 Jan 2016
by Glenn E.
Looks like "frieum" to me, which makes no sense. I suspect that "friend" was intended.

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 19:11 Mon 04 Jan 2016
by Andy Velebil
It could be his last name, "Fieum" or "Feium"

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 20:56 Mon 04 Jan 2016
by PhilW
I see "Messrs Stanley and frien?".
1. Compare the n to previous ones, it is identical.
2. All other capitals are fully above the line, so I believe the f is most likely to be lower-case.
3. The end doesn't make much sense, with an odd up-stroke.
On the evidence, I would go with "friend"

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 23:08 Tue 05 Jan 2016
by jdaw1
“Messrs Stanley & friend” does not make sense in the context. Not, I hasten to add, that I have better.

Another, from the same catalogue—the usual participle acting on a colour is “sealed”. Not here.
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Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 23:17 Tue 05 Jan 2016
by DRT
Cemented.

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 00:15 Wed 06 Jan 2016
by LGTrotter
jdaw1 wrote:“Messrs Stanley & friend” does not make sense in the context. Not, I hasten to add, that I have better.
Why ever not? I appreciate that I do not have the context here but it seems that Stanley might well have had an anonymous friend with him.
DRT wrote:Cemented.
This was my immediate thought but I bet it is dismissed.

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 00:17 Wed 06 Jan 2016
by jdaw1
DRT wrote:Cemented.
LGTrotter wrote:This was my immediate thought but I bet it is dismissed.
I thought the same, but it was unusual in that context. Presumably those bottles were difficult to open.

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 00:21 Wed 06 Jan 2016
by DRT
Or sealed with some sort of plaster rather than wax?

...and I still think it is friend. Perhaps someone who didn't want his presence to be known? Perhaps a lover? Perhaps someone who just said "please put me down as his friend".

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 02:33 Wed 06 Jan 2016
by djewesbury
Friend makes sense. It's just that the last letter really is an 'm'.

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 05:05 Wed 06 Jan 2016
by Andy Velebil
djewesbury wrote:Friend makes sense. It's just that the last letter really is an 'm'.
Exactly, hence why I thinks it's his last name.


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Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 16:45 Fri 22 Jan 2016
by jdaw1
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Bowen McKechnie?

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 17:03 Fri 22 Jan 2016
by Doggett
jdaw1 wrote:Image
Bowen McKechnie?
Looking at the 'n' in 'vintage' in the line above I would agree. It is definitely not McKechmie but if they are 'special' with their lower k, it could possibly be McKenckie...but I think that unlikely.

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 18:42 Fri 22 Jan 2016
by flash_uk
jdaw1 wrote:Image
Bowen McKechnie?
I would say yes McKechnie - especially as that is a surname that is not uncommon, whereas other potential interpretations produce surnames I've never heard of. Bowen? Looks right, more common as a surname than a first name. Perhaps Bowen McKechnie is a partnership business of some sorts, rather than an individual.

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 22:46 Fri 22 Jan 2016
by Glenn E.
flash_uk wrote:Perhaps Bowen McKechnie is a partnership business of some sorts, rather than an individual.
Considering that the line below it appears to say "Corney & Barrow" I'd say that's likely.

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 22:56 Fri 22 Jan 2016
by jdaw1
Settled: Bowen and McKechnie were whisky distillers. The firm still exists, at the same address as Allied Domecq. Thank you all.

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 00:25 Sat 23 Jan 2016
by flash_uk
jdaw1 wrote:The firm still exists
Not quite. The link says the company is dissolved. Also, it was incorporated in 1954, well after the port samples your handwriting refers to, were dispatched.

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 22:51 Fri 11 Mar 2016
by jdaw1
There was a wine merchant Basil Woodd, but this isn’t it. Whence came this Offley 1868?
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Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 23:35 Fri 11 Mar 2016
by Justin K
Morse & Woods wine & spirit merchants.

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 10:11 Sat 12 Mar 2016
by AHB
Justin K wrote:Morse & Woods wine & spirit merchants.
Agreed. But I can't figure out what the rest of the text says c

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 11:12 Sat 12 Mar 2016
by flash_uk
Agree on Morse Woods. See here.

....
part ??? part ???
as may be arranged

??? took and paid for
10 doz or 120 bottles

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 21:20 Thu 31 Mar 2016
by jdaw1
I am missing one word:

Nov 10/80. •¿?•, fine wine, but wants keeping, rich & sweet, very firm crust & good colour. R.J.

April 28/83. Very sweet. R.J.

Aug 6/84. Very fine wine, rich & good crust, rather too sweet, but flavor is behind. R.J.

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 21:23 Thu 31 Mar 2016
by Glenn E.
Looks like "Tried" to me...

Re: Handwriting questions

Posted: 22:30 Thu 31 Mar 2016
by LGTrotter
Glenn E. wrote:Looks like "Tried" to me...
I see 'tried' as well.