Cotter & Kellett's. Cork Bank. 1800-1809

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Cotter & Kellett's. Cork Bank. 1800-1809

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Here is another Cork Bank. £1 note.
Looks like Cotter Bar, and three Kellets are the partners.

Can't read the date.
Any info about it?
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This Bank was known as Cotter & Kellett's. The lead partner was Sir James Laurence Cotter Bart. The other partners were Richard Kellett, Sir Richard Kellett Bart and William Kellett. This partnership operated between 1800 and 1809. The title Bart is often seen on the partnership names of old Irish Private Bank notes. Bart is short for Baronet, an hereditary title awarded by the British Crown. A Baronet was generally addressed as Sir. It shows that many of the owners of these private banks were wealthy aristocrats.
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DOC wrote: 22 Sep 2018 10:49Bart is short for Baronet, an hereditary title awarded by the British Crown
Thanks for the info DOC.
I did not know that about Baronets!
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Here is an example of a ‘Silver Note’ issued by the Bank of Cotter & Kellet’s, Cork, for 7 Shillings and 7 pence. The unusual denomination, issued during the Restriction Period, equates to one third of a guinea. It is interesting to see that there is no date on the note and the partners are not specifically mentioned. However, the note can be dated to the period 1799-1804.
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Here is a silver note issued by Cotter & Kellet for 9 shillings. The year is not easy to read but looks like 1800 although it could possibly be 1801.
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Here is a 25 Shillings note issued by the Cork Bank of Cotter & Kellett’s in 1809. The design is similar to that of the £1 note posted earlier.
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Here is a 30 Shillings note issued by Cotter & Kellett’s, Cork Bank. The year of issue is not legible but should be in the range 1800-1809.
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At least three separate design types here, by bank symbol alone.
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Here is another example of a 30 Shillings note issued by Cotter & Kellett in 1809 which shows more of the design detail on the left side of the note. The watermark is also prominent.
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Here is an example of a 30 shilling issued by Cotter & Kellett in 1805.
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It seemed at first sight that the left hand border of the 1805, 30 shillings note, differs from that of the 1809, 30 shillings note. However, on closer examination, both designs appear similar with the wavy border more faint on the 1805 note.
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Ye. the 1805 note is a bit degraded overall - I had thought initially that it might be a contemporary forgery, but the quality of the design is there throughout!
I will post a close up pic of the left hand border of the note
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It seems that there was an issue with the print quality of notes issued by the Cork Bank of Cotter & Kellets in 1805-1806 and this was improved in subsequent years. Here are examples of 25 Shillings notes issued in 1806 and 1809. It can be seen that the print quality of the 1806 note is of lower quality.
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There is certainly a very striking difference in quality between the later and earlier notes of all the denominations.

The plates on the above two notes look to be the same, with all the elements on both notes in the same place relative to each other element, down to the slightly crooked ONE POUND FIVE design element on the bottom left.

They certainly improved the printing at some point after 1806.
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