By S. B. MacDonald
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The bottle rises up from the surface in 3-D relief. Feel free to strike your match on this enameled pyrogène advertising Absinthe Dutruc. Le Grand-Lemps (Isère) is written in gold, as are the outlines for the white letters. Branded porcelain match strikers were common in bistrots, and a convenient way for customers to light their pipes, cigars and cigarettes. The matchbox and matches are also antique, however they no longer ignite. The majority of pyrogènes for sale today either are replicas or fakes, especially those seen on-line at popular auction sites.
It has obviously seen prolonged use in a bistrot. A silver-plate sugar holder hallmarked Ercuis is keeping company with cleanly designed tongs from the late 1890s, also hallmarked. This piece obviously saw many years of use by the public, as is clear in the close-up of the base. ” This three inch wide, faceted bistrot sugar dish is accompanied by tiny hallmarked silver tongs. Note the bubble in the dish, which is common in glass from this era. A dazzling ashtray for the Petitjean Distillery is lithographed with colorful metallic ink.
I consider this a badge of honor and survival; such signs of use speak of great history. Which spoon will you choose tonight? Topettes were filled with absinthe and other spirits, and came in many shapes, styles, and sizes. Their chambers were used as a measure to pour doses into the glass, as many bistrot glasses did not feature dose lines. This enabled patrons to correctly prepare absinthe at their tables. This bottle-shaped topette is etched with eight numbers and lines as dose indicators. This particular style used a cork rather than a glass stopper.