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Georges Meliès

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Here's a little hilarity that was posted on the French forum, linked to a French auction site (leboncoin). It's being offered by someone in Pontarlier, titled "Magnificent Absinthe Brouilleur.

 

Superb absinthe brouilleur of cover design. With perfectly symmetrical dome to divide the water and make it run all the way along the drain, pierced with 26 round holdes, rigorously identical. ... Made of aluminum, a very rare metal at the end of the 19th century, this brouilleur is not referenced in any of the books on absithe rituals. This is indeed a moving testiment of an era of new inventions, like the see-saw broullleur, which is much more common. It is most likely an ultra-rare prototype, which is astonishing given the ease of use and the efficiency of the system. Indeed, in use, it reveals itself as exceptionally efficient for preparing an absinthe. Alas, it is not hallmarked, which confirms the hypothesis of a prototype. In addition, one can balance the sugar on the point of the cone: this could have been used as a game of chance for whoever managed to balance it. The winner would pay for the next round. Make a serious offer.
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Wow, that's amazing!
I came across an equally impressive rarity just recently: A completely unrecorded absinthe-spoon!
Probably also a prototype.

 

Note how instead of many holes, there is just the one, but a broad one. This ensures the water is spread

evenly across the entire width of the glass.

 

Taking bids above 1000euro, first come first served!

 

 

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After extensive research, I found this old image in a post card. It clearly is a well-used, bent and crooked Terminus brouilleur, of the same design.

So, perhaps the other, non advertising version was the prototype. While I think the seller is crazy about his thoughts regarding the sugar balancing at the point, I believe this was created during the horrific "lemon balm blight of 1896," as a way of getting both water, and that kiss of citrus into the finish, at the same time.

 

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Looks like the offer posted on leboncoin was a deliberate hoax made as a joke. I suppose we should have seen that coming, it was really a bit too far over the top. :) I've seen some pretty nutty stuff on eBay but nothing quite as insane as this one. But hey, I did laugh!

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