Absinthe Topette, Antique Bar Item, Held Six Doses
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Antique blown glass topette with six rings from an old French bar. Each ring represented a dose, or one drink, of absinthe, which was diluted with water, often poured over a sugar cube, before drinking. The bar patron was charged for however many doses he or she consumed. This topette was hand blown in heavy lead glass, has a nice polished pontil on the bottom and also has some of the characteristics one finds in hand blown pieces. There are, for example, some bubbles in the glass, one of which can be seen at the neck in the photograph. These bubbles are not indications of damage, but occurred in the making. This one is 7 1/2 inches tall and dates from about 1900 or earlier. It is a handsome collectible from the Belle Epoque,