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Every now and then i visit the forum but i don't remember if i ever introduced myself. If i did it's now gone anyway so here i go (again?):
My name is Wilbert and i live in the Netherlands. Since a few years i've been drinking Absinthe and i was a regular member of the dutch 'groene fee' forum. Lately i have been very busy so i'm not too much on forums anymore. In the last four years i've bought some spoons on internet and in shops and i have some saucers. I don't know a lot about antiques so i never buy any expensive stuff. This is also why i never bought any original glasses. I can't find them here and shipping from abroad isn't cheap.
Last week however i went to the provence in the south of france for a week. The weather was great and it was a great place to stay. The villages there are the most beautiful i've ever seen. In one of them there was an antique marked so i went there to look for a nice glass. There where quite a few people selling swirl glasses and some also other ones. One man had everything i ever wanted but it had a price (he said he knew Marie-Claude Delahaye). I bought five that i thought where absinthe glasses but i'm not sure about the age of one of them. It's the swirl glass on the right. It's thinner glass and it's missing the grey / brown glow that the others have. It does have a few bubbles. Does anyone know if this is a recent glass?
Ce message a été modifié par wilbert_v - Aug 19 2009, 03:03 PM.
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Welcome aboard Wilbert.
I've seen a pair of glasses like the one you have doubts about, a fortnight ago. Sorry to say that, but IMHO, definitely post absinthe, for the same reasons you presented, plus the fact that the bottom of the cup is thin also, while in the vast majority of cases, twirl glass being derivation of egg glasses, themselves being used sometimes as Mazagran (coffee glasses), have a very thick bottom.
The others are fine examples though. On a side note, could you please use imageshack.us board-oriented reductions for your photos ? In the present case, your initial post is quite difficult to read
Ce message a été modifié par Aggelos - Aug 18 2009, 08:41 PM.
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Hi Wilbert, glad you visited south of France and you bought some nice glasses. Not 100% sure about the one on right, but there are a lot of repros of it on the market today and I guess this is one of them. Glasses are the most difficult things to identify in the absinthe world (before spoons), some modern repros are beautifully done and can be easily confused with antique ones, don't worry we've all been through this
Just one small advice : look at it under the sun, look closely at the color, if it turns green or perfectly white, it could well be a repro, if it turns red/purple/brown, there is a great chance it's antique, not always guaranteed though, and not guaranteed it's pre-ban, that's another story. It's very difficult to see, sometimes you have to see it side by side with a modern glass, some repros can be very usefull in that case.
"Boire une absinthe, c’est corriger l’eau vertement." A cette pauvre vieille coueste - ~1910