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One of my favorite spoons for casual use is this near mint condition Les Grillagées #4. Its pronounced deep bowl holds the sugar nicely, and the wide recess on the handle offers a firm grip on the glass’s rim. The Les Feuilles #19 Maison Arthaud is a beautifully designed work of art. This example is in exceptional condition. A close-up of this lovely spoon reveals the depth and quality of its details. An impressive and very rare spoon, this Les Trous #16 is in mint condition. Thick and heavily plated in silver, it is a wonderful addition to any collection.
The line above marks a 5:1 water to absinthe ratio. A thick and weighty glass, it is from a set of eight, and is unique as it has subtle wide facets around its circumference. Ouraline (uranium glass) absinthe antiques, like this stunning Torsadé glass, are highly prized and among the rarest glasses of all. The wonderful yellow-green color comes from traces of uranium dioxide powder mixed into the molten glass. The same glass viewed under black light is an intense glowing green. Ouraline is of course, meant to be enjoyed under normal light.
Bté SGDG is short for Breveté Sans Garantie Du Gouvernement. It is most unusual to see this patent mark on a glass. A Cordon glass is a perfect example of form following function in design; a band (cordon) encircles the outside of the glass, marking the dose. Cordon glasses are used specifically with absinthe. The rare six-dose topette behind, has matching bands. This beautiful absinthe glass has gem-like facets on its dose reservoir. Light passes through in a prismatic display, causing the filled chamber to look like a carved peridot.