Antique Absinthe Spoon from French Bar, Les Carrés #10
Fine quality absinthe spoon, Les Carrés #10, circa 1900 with the maker’s poinçon or mark on the back of the handle (the mark, however, is struck poorly so it is difficult to read). These spoons were placed over a glass with a sugar cube on top, and the water was poured over the cube to reduce the bitterness of the absinthe. This is guaranteed to be a period absinthe spoon from a French bar; it is not one of the many reproductions which are being sold on the Internet. It is in excellent condition, showing just a trace of wear from its use. I personally like the absinthe spoons that show some wear because it helps distinguish them from the ubiquitous copies. Length is 159 mm. We will be listing a number of genuine absinthe era items over time. The spoon identifications are based on the definitive book, "L'Absinthe: Les Cuillères," by Marie-Claude Delahaye.