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The Edelweiss spoon

April 5, 2012

This is my favorite absinthe spoon because it reminds me of my childhood vacations on the Swiss Alpes: The centerpiece of the spoon is shaped as a stilized (leontopodium alpinum), the lovely silver-white flowers that grow at high-altitude.

The Edelweiss spoon

The flower is the unofficial national flower of Switzerland. It is unofficial probably because its name is German and because it doesn’t have a French, Italian or Rhaeto-Romance name which are Switzerland’s three other official national languages. Therefore the Edelweiss also used to be a symbol of Swiss-German culture dominating the nation’s other cultures and diminishing the diversity. I don’t think that there was a political message in the design of the spoon though. It is just a very beautifully crafted absinthe spoon.

Eiffel Tower spoons

January 14, 2012 1 Comment

Glorious spoons!

January 6, 2012 1 Comment

Absinthe spoons were made in a wide variety of shapes and materials depending on where they were going to be used. Sometimes the spoons were engraved the name of the manufacturer or the name of a brand of absinthe. Occationally, spoons are found with engraved monograms of the original owners, or the name of the café or bar, where the spoon were used.
In the second photo, the two spoons with the engraved names Wagon Bars and W. Buffet are actually advertising for the same company. The French railroad company  “Compagnie des Wagons-Bars” or short “Wagon Bars” existed from 1896-1898, before it changed its name to “La Compagnie Francaise des Wagons-Buffets” aka “Wagon Buffets” (from 1898-1916). At a time when trains were the cutting edge technology, an absinthe bar on railroads was an incredibly luxurious way of traveling and showing off ones status.
The French railroad car homepage has a lot more information about the company (in French) including a poster from Wagons Bars. Please visit their homepage here.

The elegant one

August 22, 2011 2 Comments

Absinthe spoon on moss

Art Deco absinthe spoon

August 10, 2011

Art Deco absinthe spoon

Silver absinthe spoon Ouvrage 8

The absinthe spoon Ouvragées #9 is famous for its Art Deco design. It weighs only 18g and has a silver content of 10g.

Alien green

August 10, 2011

It is amazing how the Feuille 25 changes its looks in absinthe. It ressembles something H.R. Giger could have created.

Feuille morte

August 10, 2011

Feuille on leaves

Absinthe spoon Feuille

Silver Feuille spoon

The cool guys

July 31, 2011

Absinthe spoons - Picon Sucre and Berger

How it all started

July 20, 2011

Absinthe pharmacy jar as a spoon container

Everyone begins small: these were my very first absinthe spoons. 🙂

Art Deco grille

July 20, 2011

Art Deco Grille made by Gombault

In the Gombault product catalog from 1891 the grille has the product number 1810.

Gombault product catalog