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July 31, 2013




November 23, 2012

The story of the beer dog

August 31, 2012 2 Comments

The best thing about collecting antiques is, you are collecting pieces of history and sometimes personal stories which would never be known to someone else than the owner and maybe their family. And too often the stories die with the owners of the antique objects.

Not this story.

It is the story of a Danish family’s absinthe glass. The family owned the absinthe glass since 1920, when their great-grandparents got six of them as a wedding gift.

They don’t know whether their great-grandparents and the following generations used them for absinthe.

However, after more than a half century the glasses were passed down to the uncle, who gladly used them, well, for beer schnapps. Because the small reservoir (2 cl) was just perfect for schnapps. He called his absinthe glass “ølhunden”, which means ‘the beer dog’ in Danish.

A glass as green as the Incredible Hulk

April 6, 2012

This extremely rare Pontarlier glass contains a certain amount of radioactive uranium. Shined on with blacklight it glows eerily. Tested with a Geiger counter it showed a radiation of around 80 mrem which means it safe to drink from.

We used just a little UV-torch and due to the opacity of the rich louche (Sapphire by Bugnon) it doesn’t much glow in this picture, but you can see its beautiful shape.

I will post more information about this glass in another post.

Absinthe glasses

March 18, 2012

Here is a small variety of absinthe glasses to show just a few of the different designs of absinthe glasses. The first is a Cordon-glass. It has kind of a “belt” which marks a dose of 4 cl.

The second glass is an Oeuf-glass, which has its name because of its ovoid shape.

The third glass is an Est-glass, meaning that it was a very popular glass East from Paris.

The last glass in this serie is a Pontarlier glass. It has a so-called reservoir that marks a dose of 4 cl.

Pontarlier glasses

September 17, 2011 3 Comments

Antique Pontarlier glasses

Today was a very special day because our antique Pontarlier glasses arrived! My geekier half and I decided to celebrate the new family members with a little outdoor-photoshooting.

We just had to wait until the sun would move to our favorite spot and once she was there we only had about 20 minutes to take the pictures until the sunlight would move away. In the first 19 minutes the pictures were not bad yet not great either. But then, just when the sun was leaving the light got magical! It lasted for a few seconds and then it got too dark for our iPhones.

Pontarlier glasses and a Swiss pitcher

Here’s the magical picture #1. Luckily we just had time enough to get another supporting actor for the magical picture #2. Oh by the way, the plant in the background is 5 months old wormwood, but for some reason it just looks like parsely, haha.

Pontarlier glasses and Absinthe carafe

Oeuf glass

July 21, 2011

Absinthe glass Oeuf Guilloché with Perroquet, saucer and absinthe spoon Feuille

Oeuf guilloché

Est glass close-up

July 20, 2011

Close-up of a East-Glass

Cordon glass

July 20, 2011

Absinthe glass Cordon and coupelles