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Clement Arnoux (Aggelos)

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  1. Gosh. Thanks God I'm free from that now Still as amazing as in my memories, if not more so
  2. Late to the fight, but no, it's not a JR That would be a late Georges Long, harder to find, far more expensive than a JR, and as far as I know the less reproduced. Sorry, but in these conditions a broken bowl will be almost impossible to replace (yeah, very late, but at least that may help someone later)
  3. Correct. 4 or 5 known and owned actually. There may be more out there, who knows, but its "prototype" status is quite clear, so they must be scarce. Nope you'll have to wait I call dibbs :p Actually they've been erring for a while. They tried to reproduce something close initially, but it proved hard, expensive, and yes, "too close". I have seen several prototypes (even one with a see saw), hand made by Sebastien from Vert d'Absinthe, and you could even see one of them in their shop at a time. They told me about this version, but I discovered it quite at the same time as you all Very nice work indeed, I need to have one to sit next to its elder
  4. As a matter of fact, Claude Alain Bugnon has several in his distillery
  5. I have my share of bottle openers, including two bladed one, a vintage "le pratique" and a modern Peugeot, which is of far better make. True, and as a simple rule, I won't use this kind of opener with a plastic cork. Now, the classic corkscrew also has its issues (mainly : destroying the cork), and that's why having both types is handy. I seem to recall that Oxy used to recommend a particular model which, in my memories, seemed to use both technologies. I have heard of a last type of opener, without ever seeing one, which would consist of three hooks that you have to use like the blades, for particularly difficult corks
  6. Something tells me that a look to Vert d'Absinthe's facebook account is in order...
  7. I am not talking about storing another thing recently. I am not even implying it might not be absinthe. What I am implying is that the original owner of the bottle may have used it to fill it with "something". It may even be absinthe, albeit, not the original one, and not even a good/safe one. Careful if it's too green ok ? Anyway, it was not uncommon a practice
  8. yeah, heard that several times... Does not mean much though. The brand is legit, that much is true. The cork may be rotten, that much also is normal and could explain the oozing. The level is correct which, when you consider the oozing part, would be the most suspicious thing IMHO. There is no lead, nor wax on the cork, well, that much worries me a bit, but since I have never seen a Picard bottle, no way to be sure. Considering the high level, there is still the risk that a vintage absinthe bottle may have been used to store something else approaching. But if it's genuine, it was the hell of a deal (and that sometimes happens, more so on ebay.com )
  9. Be careful people, Melies is aiming at the title of most amazing collection in the US. I suspect his will soon be bigger than mine (innuendo intended, the man knows the difference between the long and the short one). It's been brought to my attention though that, while I do not care much for Tour Eiffel spoons, they care for me. Ain't it cute ?
  10. You dodged the bullet on this one. Careful with the vocabulary too, a match striker is not an ash tray Absinthe pyrogènes are at the crossroads of three worlds of collectors : barware collectors, pyrogène specialized collectors, and absinthe collectors. You can be damn sure that if a real vintage absinthe pyrogène appears, at least someone will strike hard to deter some of the competition. Count 100€ in the first day. And that's in the case of an auction. Where the seller refused any direct offer in a message. In the other case... Let me tell you a story. A few years back, in the middle of the day, I get a message from a collector friend : "a set of three spoon including a Croix suisse was listed for 30€ a few minutes ago". Yup, 30mn top between the moment it appeared as listed and the moment I payed the bill. To think that a real absinthe pyrogène would last till the end with a 25€ price tag, when you expect it to be tenfold... The other issue, which is actually quite the same as with the St Clément pitchers, is that these false pyros plague the French flea markets and antique shops also. To the point that there was a day I was in a shop and saw one of these craps with a 90€ price tag, and pointed it to the seller. She answered with as much disdain as possible "yes, I know I've been had, but I have to get my money back somehow".
  11. Long story short : if you want a St Clément, don't buy it on ebay. Ever. St Clément pieces are copied and copied over, originals are scarce and expensive. As for the date, you could tell any one of the Keller Guerin period, which conveniently started circa 1890 and ended circa 1920. (for reference : http://pichet.sct.free.fr/ ) And either the sellers are fool, or they are crooks. And then again maybe not. But you can't be sure only looking at photos. well actually they are not made for absinthe, they're made for water. But at that period in time, there are few beverages (but absinthe is not the only one AFAIK) which require a small stream of water.
  12. Or you could say that is "la bleue" because the Swiss cannot make neither a good verte or a good blanche. Alright, a bit too far there... La bleue is an engineer's product, blue-print made somehow. No wonder some VdT distillers are clockmakers or chemistry engineers. The point is having a regular, clockwork quality production. They don't evolve their products, they don't wander away from tradition. They despise people who change their batches yearly even, even if it's to ameliorate them. There is some merit to that. For other people, yeah, that just does not suffice
  13. So far, the only thing I know is that the project is approaching maturity. But AFAIK, reproducing the exact Brouille would be far too expensive.
  14. Yeah, that would be because Duplais is not a bleue for several reasons : - The distillerie is not in VdT - It actually does not taste like a bleue. - etc. Duplais blanche would make a good centerpiece for a troll about the Swiss IGP "La bleue" is typically a Val de Travers product, and it has such a specific taste that I have sometimes heard that all the bleue taste the same
  15. Well absinthe used to be an humble man's beverage after all
  16. Yup, nice find there Little by little you are going to belittle me :p So anyway, since I've found another Italien today, I've been asked some pictures of both of mine. First one I got Second one, found this morning Family picture
  17. IMHO there's nothing like a fountain for a perfect drip, and the best tuned it is, the better the drip. Most of the time I use a "La Véritable" for reviews or historical. But it ain't my goto weapon ain't it ?
  18. Thank you all people I seldom have absinthe for my birthday, since I rarely have quality bottles at my parents' place. But I reckon a glass of Tarragona should be poured in the coming week
  19. One time offer, since as I have stated a few times, I seldom sell rare pieces abroad. I am selling a genuine vintage Tour Eiffel spoon (better pictures to come soon) It's a Tour Eiffel 4 without the "Guelon" mark, undoubtly genuine. Several people here can vouch for me, and I will only sell to people I can trust. Before you ask : it is basically restored, and Tour Eiffel 4 are seldom "spotless", never seen a spotless one anyway. Asking price is 350€, paypal accepted, fees on your side. Please PM me if you are interested.
  20. Not pro, and not from Paris anymore (I am moving to Lyon, hometown of the Lyonais glass), but thank you Aren't we all users ?
  21. The "bourgeois" glass is a fairly common shape in the 19th century actually, which comes in several types of glass (from blown crystal to molded glass), and several sizes (if you ever want to see what a huge ass glass is, just ask ). At least in France. The nickname would be "Périgord", "Lyonnais" glasses are another thing. The picture may be at fault, but your friend's seems molded, not blown, which is why it looks like the La Rochère pontarlier. Same thing for the proportions : they are off both for the Lyonnais and the Perigord. By default I'd say that it's not an "absinthe glass". That it has never been used for absinthe consumption is another thing altogether. See, actually historical accounts of usage of dedicated glasses for absinthe are quite scarce. You have the catalogs, the Charles Maire chromo, and that's it. Most of the time, on photographs, caricatures, paintings, ads, etc. you will find very standard glasses. And even though at some time absinthe may have been the national French beverage, bar glassware has to be versatile, like it is today, and dedicated glasses are only used in dedicated shops. Anyway : it's antique, enjoy the feeling
  22. Well... As sad as it may sound, I have seen the actual same behaviour on French antique markets.
  23. Some of the evolutions are inspired from the evolution of the Belle Amie, Minette and Perroquet actually. Same trend : everytime VdA enhances their product, Dominique capitalizes. They have a good sinergy going there. Another thing : the bottles for "les Parisiennes" are actually part of what make the products great, by design. I litteraly mean that a BA which would not be in its bottle may taste different.