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#1 Jen Dixon

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 01:21 AM

I did it. Finally bought my first REAL absinthe antiques. (I already have a spoon that was supposed to be an antique but I think it's more of a fauxtique...)

Anyway. Three little reasonably priced lovelies arrived today from Oxy. Also, I picked up a copy of Marie Corelli's Wormwood from Abebooks (bargain price too, since it's eighth printing from 1897).
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I'm a happy bunny!

I can't believe how sturdy these spoons are. Heavy and clearly mean business.

I think this could be the start of something dangerous... I have intentionally avoided collecting antique absinthe goodies until now, but I have got the taste for more. More. MORE! :devil:
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#2 Clement Arnoux (Aggelos)

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 01:41 AM

Oh yeah, them one are sturdy allright :)

C'mon come to Paris on a week end, I'll show you around, you may find things to your taste :)

That being said, the first spoons are always something. As is the first glass, the first fountain, the first brouille, and the thrill runs again everytime you discover something great (even if this great thing was already in your collection and yet you didn't know it, as it happened to me yesterday).

Advices from a modest collector :
- Keep a close eye on your wallet
- Don't go bulimic : better have few pieces of quality over a lot of "crap"
- Definitely keep a close eye on your wallet
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#3 Jen Dixon

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 02:19 AM

Good advice! :)

I'll be in Boveresse next month and have a feeling that I'm going to come out quite poor...
(Not to hijack my own thread, but are you attending Boveresse this year?)
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#4 Derrick

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 06:55 AM

Nice purchase...enjoy! :cheers:
"Reality is a crutch for people who can't enjoy absinthe."

#5 Jen Dixon

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 08:50 AM

Thank you! I'm looking forward to growing my collection of antique goodies - I resisted for so long, but now I am weak (and soon penniless).
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Posted 21 May 2010 - 05:56 PM

Congratulations! :cheers:
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Posted 21 May 2010 - 06:40 PM

Pretty neat Jen! Nice spoons.*thumbsup*

<-------- weak and penniless. :wave2:
Some folks may cringe each time I use the term "Booze" regarding these high quality drinks.
I mean no offense. There are bottles of extraordinary booze out there. I've tasted a few. Relax.

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 09:22 AM

Gorgeous spoons!
We are 138!

#9 Jack Griffin

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 07:16 PM

Here's what I've hunted down so far. A few nice ones in there, but nothing like the gems some of you guys have!

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 10:02 AM

Showoff!

#11 Clement Arnoux (Aggelos)

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 01:50 PM

I call sir, and I'll throw what I finally received today

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Feuille 1 :)

I've been dreaming of having this one since I started collecting, and had a dedicated budget for the mere hope I'd see one appear :)
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#12 OMG_Bill

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 01:53 PM

You folks have some cool tools. :thumbup:

Very nice and thank you all for sharing. :cheers:
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I mean no offense. There are bottles of extraordinary booze out there. I've tasted a few. Relax.

#13 rob fritz

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 03:22 PM

Bravo Aggelos ! :cheers:

#14 Jen Dixon

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 12:39 AM

Feuille 1 :)

I've been dreaming of having this one since I started collecting, and had a dedicated budget for the mere hope I'd see one appear :)

Very nice :worshippy:
I like the idea of a dedicated budget for a specific piece... Now I just need to choose a piece and decide my limit!
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Posted 16 July 2010 - 02:14 PM

Can anyone help me ID this spoon? It is the only one I have that I haven't classified!

Thanks in advance!


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Posted 16 July 2010 - 04:00 PM

Can anyone help me ID this spoon? It is the only one I have that I haven't classified!

Thanks in advance!
Les Epis (spikes) "Marie- Claude Delahayes" book "Les Cuilleries" p.50

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 04:48 PM

Thanks Rob, these were usually numbered as well. I need to get that book. Is it still in print? If so, where?

#18 Brian Robinson

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 05:12 PM

La Maison d'Absinthe has it. Gonna pick up a copy myself next week.
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Posted 16 July 2010 - 05:16 PM

Thanks Brian, I went on their site, and it's not there!

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 05:55 PM

http://www.lamaisond...oduct-p/504.htm

http://www.vertdabsi...t/view/184/250/

http://www.rueverte....products_id=233 - I wouldn't suggest buying it for this price.

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 06:11 PM

Jeez. My eyes must be going. Thanks Phoenix! Ordered it from La Maison...good folks. They are donating the sugar for the catskills event.

#22 Clement Arnoux (Aggelos)

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 08:15 PM

Can anyone help me ID this spoon? It is the only one I have that I haven't classified!

And here is the yellow variation
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I concur, everyone interested in vintage spoons should have the "MCD". Darn good reference book.

A piece of advice I provided to Jen though

Be careful though, relying too much on this book is a trap.
First of all it’s not by any means :
- exhaustive (unreferenced models and variations exists (resp rare and common))
- up to date (some rarities have varied much with the development of ebay.fr)
- a good value indicator (same rarity can range from 50 to 2500€)

Enjoy


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Unless Absomphe-related, if it's about old things, you can ask me

#23 Jack Griffin

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 01:35 PM

I didn't want to put these lovely spoons in a new or repro spoon holder, so I went on Ebay, and searched antique vase, silver vase, copper vase, etc. I found this 3.5 pound all copper 19th century vase
for $5. Can't beat it. Just ugly enough to be cool and honor the spoons. Not too much polishing, some of the old patina is part of its spirit. There were a few other cool vases that would serve nicely. Just thought I'd share! The tough part was getting someone's Grandma's ashes out to make room for the spoons! :shock:

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 05:17 AM

Marc, next time can you send spoons that aren't so beat up? :rolleyes: Seriously, they're lovely, thanks.

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#25 Clement Arnoux (Aggelos)

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 06:43 AM

Right on one point : always get a Maison Arthaud from a certified seller, fakes are said to be running in abundance.

Nice purchase, I still don't have any grillagée...
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Posted 01 October 2010 - 05:19 AM

A Les Trous #16 **** Thick and heavy, a very nice spoon!


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#27 Clement Arnoux (Aggelos)

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 05:45 AM

Belgian, most probably post absinthe, still, pretty scarce (4/5 rarity in the MCD), quite gorgeous, and by far my favorite when it comes to preparing an absinthe with my fountain.

Very nice find ! Given it rarity, one may wonder where you've found it ;)
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Posted 01 October 2010 - 06:39 AM

Very nice find ! Given it rarity, one may wonder where you've found it ;)



In my mailbox! :laugh: Seriously Aggelos, I really love the Les Trous series in general.
I have a Les Trous #25 in the same condition, also a very solid and fun spoon to use.

#29 Clement Arnoux (Aggelos)

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 09:45 PM

Yet another silver plated, sturdy and heavy post absinthe belgian spoon. The best part ? In Europe this one is ususally far cheaper than a repro
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Now, Scott, what you need to go on is a very particular kind of "les trous"... But good luck to find one :)
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Posted 02 October 2010 - 05:00 AM

Very nice Poilus #33... Holes used in foxholes I believe, forgive the pun. Made for soldiers if memory serves.

How's this one Clement? The very first in the universe, and certainly pre-ban "Les Trous Noir!"

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