Something a little different...

Here is something one doesn’t see very often.
It’s a letter from 1846 from Bologna, Italy to Vacheron-Constantin in Geneva.
I came across it at the Italian eBay site while on a bit of a wild goose chase for something else.
The problem as you can see is that the script is quite florid making it difficult to read. In addition some letters are shaped in an unfamiliar manner (to me) in this very cursive, highly decorative writing.
Nevertheless, I have included some text that I was able to decipher. Translation is not a problem, reading it is.
It deals with some business transactions, and an upcoming meeting at a trade fair in Geneva as well as a payment and some business of one of the author’s cousins.
It’s an interesting snippet of history.
I will leave it to others to see if they can decipher the letter more thoroughly.

Something a little different...


Something a little different...

Here is what I have been able to discern:

Bologna le 25 Juillet 1846
 
Messieurs Vacheron & Constantin a Geneve
 
Je vous confirme ma letter du 10 (…) Par (…) je n’y
(donne croit ??) de
(… 114) qui M. Gaston Bovy d’ici m’a payé (…) (compte?)
         Louis Coletti partira lundi (…) la foire. Il
parlera avec les chefs du maison en Geneve qui se trouvent
La (…) l’affaire de son cousin. (Monsieur?) Cuanillon se
trouve aussi en foire.
         Sans autre pour aujord’hui je vous salue
Tres cordialement.
 
Messieurs
(…) Cuanillon
G. Giavarotti


I have not been able to track down any of the people mentioned although there was someone with the surname "Cuanillon" who was involved with the development of the Valjoux 7750.
I'm not even sure I got the spelling right in the names :-)

Joseph
Can't help with deciphering Joseph, but
04/10/2013 - 18:30
my goodness that olde world cursive writing is beautiful yes
Calligraphy to the fore...
04/10/2013 - 23:17
Joseph - There is no substitute for the written word and this example demonstrates that perfectlyyes... Bet you were surprised when you came across the document. I do hope you are able to gather further information from fellow Loungers. Popping over to Italy on ebay does have it's benefitswink Good luck Tony
You mean the 7750 was conceived over 100 years ago?:-) even though
04/10/2013 - 23:32
Difficult to decipher I like the mystery
Valjoux 7750
04/11/2013 - 05:07
Yes, by Vacheron!! I don't know whether it was a distant relative or even the same family. I wonder if the VC archives has any info. But I'm sure it was just a minor business letter, although it would be interesting to know if any of the individuals were VC's rep in Italy. Could be, n'est-ce pas?? Joseph
The date of 1846 sent me to the bookshelf...
04/11/2013 - 00:46
and our evergreen Saga of Vacheron Constantin, The Heroic Period.  The excerpt is brief, a single paragraph, but dramatic:"Agitation spread throughout Europe.  Even Geneva was not spared.  During the Revolution of 1846, on Wednesday 7 October, a shot fell on the table of the company's offices on the second floor of the Tour de l'Ile.  It had been fired from the passage de la Monnaie, Place Bel-Air.  Several bullets entered teh forge, placed below the sun-dial."
Very soon after, in Italy, in 1848.
04/11/2013 - 05:10
was the great revolt under Mazzini and Garibaldi to unify italy under Victor Emmanuel. (if I remember correctly). We tend to think of history as, well, history. But we should think of it as current events...it's much more realistic and meaningful that way. Joseph
Nice!
04/11/2013 - 18:17
Thanks for sharing this letter with us, Joseph.  Clearly, I need to practice my handwriting!
Proposed transcription
04/14/2013 - 18:23
Very interesting piece, indeed. Thanks for sharing. There are some abbreviations, quite common: Ct = courant pn = prochain pr = pour Here is my transcription (modified / added in red). Hope some Loungers might have further information on the people mentioned...Bologne le 25 Juillet 1846   Messieurs Vacheron & Constantin a Genève   Je vous confirme ma lettre du 10 courant. Par celle-ci je vous donne crédit de T (1) 114 que M. Gaet. (2) Bovy d’ici m’a payé pour votre compte.          Louis Coltelli partira lundi prochain pour la foire. Il parlera avec les chefs   des    maisons  de Gen  ève qui se trouvent là pour l’affaire de son cousin. Notre Sr (3) Cuanillon se trouve aussi en foire.          Sans autre pour aujourd’hui je vous salue Messieurs très cordialement.   pour Dl (4) Cuanillon Go (5). Giavarotti Notes (1) assumed as T, for Thaler, currency used in Switzerland at this time. (2) could be "Gaétan" (3) Signore (4) could be "Daniel" (5) could be "Giorgio", "Gaetano",...
Thank you, Kramer
04/14/2013 - 21:11
C'est top!! That was very helpful indeed. A little insight into the daily affairs of Vacheron-Constantin. There is one other potentially troublesome aspect: If this was a letter to VC, why is it not in their archives instead of eBay?? Best wishes, Joseph
WOW Kramer, thank you, great job!
04/14/2013 - 22:47
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WOW Kramer, thank you, great job!
04/14/2013 - 22:47
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Bit by bit...
04/15/2013 - 00:52
We are nudging forward! Joseph, there's light at the end of the tunnelsurprise Tony