New Orleans Spoons?

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By Admin on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 - 10:45 pm: Edit

A little fluffy bunny? Oh no! Thats Luger!

Still picturing Luger as a wee happy bunny chasing wild moose thru a cabbage patch with a chainsaw.

By Verawench on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 - 05:29 pm: Edit

what does he win, Kallisti?

By Admin on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 - 10:05 am: Edit

ding-ding-ding! good answer! you win!

By Artemis on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 - 09:47 am: Edit

The women are like the pearl of great price, that you sell all your possessions and your immortal soul to possess.

By Admin on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 - 09:37 am: Edit


and the women *would* be cheap?


By Admin on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 - 09:35 am: Edit

Oxy's spoon ... cross fingers:


By Artemis on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 - 09:17 am: Edit

At Ted's party in New Orleans there was a tall guy in a long black coat or cape. I was introduced to him the previous night in the same bar, but I don't recall his name (damned absinthe).

He's an artist in New Orleans I guess, either in glass or metal or both. The night of the party he proposed a fountain with spouts like snakes on Medusa's head. He was sketching it on a piece of paper when I was distracted by the elegant pair, Kallisti and Morrigan, walking in. I don't know what happened to the virtual fountain after that, but I remember the guy throwing out some prices depending upon materials. Ted apparently knows the man pretty well. Warning - they would not be cheap (the fountains, not the women), if memory serves me correctly (damned absinthe).

By Tavarua on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 - 08:43 am: Edit

I have a good friend who has been blowing glass, actually two friends, for several years. One is in Australia right know, but the other is around. I have already asked him to turn me out a glass, but I not spoken with him in a few months. He can do real nice work with gold and silver in the glass for 30-60 USD, all the way up to 1000 USD for mind blowing stuff. He is also real hungry for money at present, so I am sure he has time for anyone that wants a custom glass made. If there is any interest, e-mail me and I will pass along to him.

About the spoons. Still waiting, but I think I will figure out how to post pictures, because along with the spoons, I would like to show my buddy's glass work.

By Blygdon on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 - 07:04 am: Edit

Glass blowers in New Orleans are quite common. Wonderous works, highly creative people. Try tracking down Brady Steward (last I knew he was somewhere on the east coast) or start with Gene Koss, who is more likely to be able to direct you in your quest.

By Oxygenee on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 - 06:40 am: Edit

I suspect that there are more American made absinthe spoons than we imagine, although as Ted quite correctly says French spoons (usually the common patterns) were imported in some quantity. Unfortunately there is very little comprehensive documentation of 19C American silverplated spoons available, even from specialist sources (because obviously most collectors focus on solid silver spoons).
Here is what seems to be the most common type of US spoon - made by the New England silversmiths Reed & Barton, this one is stamped "Cafe Lafayette, N.Y". I also have a "Les Rondes" style spoon with the makers stamp of Reed & Barton's New Orleans office.
If you find some US made spoons Tavarua, it would be great if you could post some photos online here!
Reed & Barton spoon

By Head_Prosthesis on Monday, July 02, 2001 - 08:37 pm: Edit

Hey, I live right next to Ann Arbor. If I went to the Diag I bet I couldn't throw a rock without hitting one of those frizzy glass blowin' druids.

I'm getting my bucket and going to Tree Town.

By Anatomist1 on Monday, July 02, 2001 - 08:31 pm: Edit

In my limited experience, glassblowers are mostly granolas and muzzy headed folk who become so mesmerized by the glass creating process that they probably don't have the time, inclination, or analytical capacity to seek out an absinthe board on the internet.


By Head_Prosthesis on Monday, July 02, 2001 - 08:25 pm: Edit

As Marc might say "I don't blow glass, I blow minds". I don't have any contacts at CCS anymore. I wish I did, they had a pretty good crafts department. Lots of glass blowers and kiln workers. I saw alot of paperweights come out of there though. It must be what pays the rent.
There's a guy I may be working with on a table here soon who may be able to take some requests.

He's the only glass person other than Dale Chihully I'm somewhat aware of. He's a person my patron has talked to about this table project.

I am on my own quest to build a fountain for myself. Finding a suitable spigot is becoming a problem.

By _Blackjack on Monday, July 02, 2001 - 07:58 pm: Edit


By Bob_Chong on Monday, July 02, 2001 - 07:55 pm: Edit

With all the artists and such in this forum, I am surprised there isn't a glassblower among us. Someone to make glasses and individual fountains and such. Head, get on that. You seem like just the guy.


By _Blackjack on Monday, July 02, 2001 - 06:05 pm: Edit

The Pontarlier Museum website has an interesting spoon for sale, as well as some repro fountains--for $400 :(

By Thegreenimp on Monday, July 02, 2001 - 04:51 pm: Edit

Very Nice Glasses,
But did Herbsaint offer the same type of glasses? I've seen the Tarragona Pernod ones, but was curious what the ones Herbsaint offered were like.
Any information out of New Orleans?

By Petermarc on Monday, July 02, 2001 - 04:40 pm: Edit


By Thegreenimp on Monday, July 02, 2001 - 04:20 pm: Edit

On a related note, I recently acquired a vintage Herbsaint bottle that had on the back label an offer for "Authentic Absinthe Drip Glasses".
Has anyone ever seen what these glasses may have looked like?

By Tabreaux on Monday, July 02, 2001 - 11:40 am: Edit

I have seen a spoon made in N.O., but they are seemingly rare. French imports (e.g. spoons) made it here in quantity.

By Tavarua on Monday, July 02, 2001 - 10:05 am: Edit

This is going to sound rediculious, seeing as how I was just inquiring about antique spoons myself in a previous thread, but I am about to look at a small collection of spoons from an amateur antique dealer. While at my sister's wedding on Saterday, I bumped into my cousin, who I am tight with but don't really get to see that often. Anyway I am introduced to his girlfriend, whose Grandmom or Aunt sometimes messes around with antiques. To make a long story short, after drinking several of my Uncles triple bock homebrews, I bring up the topic of Absinthe, and she tells me that said relative has several antique Absinthe spoons that have come from the earlier New Orleans period. It almost sounded like friendly drunken bantering, but hey, ya never know.

As soon as I am able to check out the spoons, if they are actually in her possession, I will right back with details and hopefully some of the affitionados can tell me what would be a fair price. I know sometime a little while back, someone mentioned acquiring a N.O. spoon, so I know there are some out there. If I can figure out how, maybe I will post a few pictures as well.

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