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By Lordhobgoblin on Friday, August 31, 2001 - 12:49 pm: Edit

Absinthdrinker,

Are you sure that's not a statue of Marc Campbell?

Hobgoblin

By Chevalier on Friday, August 31, 2001 - 11:20 am: Edit

Hey Don, come see this thread. Come see all the pictures. Come see what a Thursday (and now Friday) can become in the hands of lunatics. ; )

By Tavarua on Friday, August 31, 2001 - 06:47 am: Edit

Absinthedrinker,

This is no antique. I posed for this statue about four years ago and it has haunted me since. They told me it was going to used as a book stop, but I should have been a little suspicious when they drilled holes through my willy and hollowed out my head. Those bastards.

By Absinthedrinker on Friday, August 31, 2001 - 02:59 am: Edit

Program glitch

Satyr

By Absinthedrinker on Friday, August 31, 2001 - 02:57 am: Edit

Can anyone authenticate this item which has been offered to me by a dealer in Luxembourg? He says that it is an extremely rare ancient Greek fountain which he got from his grandfather who got it from a wealthy Greek collector called Conchis who kept it in his villa on a small Greek island. He claims that it is the last surviving example, and furthermore shows that the absinthe ritual was known to the ancient Greeks who developed the practice of flavouring absinthe with pine needles.

Satyr

By Verawench on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 08:41 pm: Edit

Oh my god!! see what I've been missing?

Morrigan, I hope when they are returned we won't get our patooties switched.

This is too funny.

By _Blackjack on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 07:14 pm: Edit


Quote:

and if anyone has seen said missing patootie, please return it



Yeah, you're a married woman now. You're going to need it!

By Morriganlefey on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 05:27 pm: Edit

Never mind - I see I got a little aHEAD of myself....

- M

(P.S. - a tidbit of fact amidst all this lovely BS: I actually DID get to view said magnificent "Head Prosthesis Fountain" at the Art Car camp at Burning Man in 1998. Splendiferous, twas..)

By Morriganlefey on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 05:21 pm: Edit

Indeed, this thread is definitely a shining jewel in the recent crown of trolling & mediocrity we've been seeing of late. Laughed my patootie off, I did (and if anyone has seen said missing patootie, please return it).

And yes, where is the honorable Prof Emeritus H. Prosthesis to chime in on my lovely Head/Camaro Fountain photo (which I might add I risk considerable thrashing and other indignities to post here for public viewing!!) HEAD???

- M

By Head_Prosthesis on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 05:19 pm: Edit

We must have jobs or something...

Morrigan,
You've done your homework girl!!!
That's one fine specimen. One of the Motorcities' Crown Jewels. That line of motor cars was far aHead of its time and ended up suffering the same fate as the Tucker.

There are very few in existence, though once in awhile on hot summer night, you'll see one driving by real slow in Mexico Town. Children come running to kiss the fountain. The Head dispenses Superman Slushies for the hot little ones. Kids love the Head.

They sing:

Hola Señor Pista Del Agua,
(Hey Mister Water Head)
le amamos,
(We Love You)
nosotros amamos los slushies rojos,
(We Love The Red Slushies)
que flujo de usted.
(That Flow From You)

By Chevalier on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 04:53 pm: Edit

Physician, heal thyself!

If laughter is the best medicine, it seems you got (and gave us) your dose. Will any of us ever look at a fountain the same way again? (I'm still recovering from Morrigan's.) Get well soon, Doc!

-- Marc Chevalier (the "other" Marc)

P.S. Where were the other forumites today? Head, Artemis, Don, etc., etc.?

By Dr_Ordinaire on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 04:48 pm: Edit

I'm home with a sore throat and a fever. Thank you Prof. Chevalier, Prof. Oxygenee, Petermarc and Morrigan for some serious laughs.

And, err...sorry, Prof. Von Wench...

By Chevalier on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 04:42 pm: Edit

A pretty quiet Thursday on the forum. Pretty fun, too -- made my morning!

By Petermarc on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 03:26 pm: Edit

just because i'm circumcised doesn't mean i am
authorized to answer that question...(the kosher thing)

By Chevalier on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 11:08 am: Edit

The tinkling notes of "Le Don"'s golden voice have been conspicuously absent from this very serious thread. Is the foreskin-mourning fountain jaded at last? Will it continue to hold its liquor? Or is it preparing to finally spout forth?

By Dr_Ordinaire on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 10:55 am: Edit

I apologize to go back a bit, but that's the way we plodding French-doctors-in-Swiss-exile operate...

Regarding "le Don's" fountain circumcized status: this kind of prepucial inconsistensy is not unusual in history.

Michaelangelo's "David" is uncircumcised. Now, if the "King of the Israelites" can sport a foreskin, what is so unusual about the "King of the Thai Dungeonites" lacking one?

By Chevalier on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 10:28 am: Edit

WARNING!

I have seen many fakes of Morrigan's stupendous "Head Prosthesis" fountain. A good number of these forgeries are circulating in the Los Angeles area! While difficult to detect, they all share the same telltale omission: beware of mid-1970's model Camaros lacking heads.

By Dr_Ordinaire on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 10:28 am: Edit

"Please don't anybody tell me THOSE are fakes..."

Do I NEED to say that somebody told me so?

I've just received an urgent email from Prof. Josh von Hamburg-Flipp snottily remarking that that particular Del Monte label was not in use until the 40's, so the fabled WHITE spoons cannot be originals.

Sigh...

By Morriganlefey on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 10:16 am: Edit

If I might for one moment enter the fray of this most informative tête-à-tête - while the exquisite fountain specimens you present are well-representative of Latin and European fountains, it is often overlooked that absolutely fascinating specimens have been found right here in the good ol' U.S. of A!

While little is known about the grotesquely mesmerizing "Head Prosthesis Fountain", which was uncovered in the early 1980's somewhere outside Flint, Michigan and now housed under armed guard by a private collector, I have had the singular privilege of viewing this beguiling monstrosity. Here is a smuggled photo of this most-iniquitous fountain -

my picture

Built into the back of the mid-1970's model Camaro, the ornate Prosthesis Fountain allows the absintheur to rest has glass on the jewel-encrusted rear mount dual-cam engine while the fountain's Head gently spittles water(?) into the waiting glass. While not penile in design like Msr's other fountains discussed here, I think all will agree that this specimen is outstanding in its sinister beauty.

Rumour has it that, due to popular demand, reproductions of this spectacular fountain are being considered. Modern versions are being adapted to a more crude design, to be more in keeping with the squared-off, slit-eyed, paper-bag-headed visage of the mythical Head Prosthesis himself.

Enjoy.

- Morrigan

By Melinelly on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 10:14 am: Edit

can't... type... too... much... laughter... too... many... tears... smile... splitting... my... face... in... two...

By Chevalier on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 09:57 am: Edit

Which begs the (frivolous) question, Peter: Is absinthe Kosher?

By Chevalier on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 09:56 am: Edit

Fakes? Perish the thought. Just look at that enamelwork!

By Petermarc on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 09:54 am: Edit

juice
strangling a rabbi...

By Dr_Ordinaire on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 09:48 am: Edit

OHMYGOD! The WHITE spoons...

Please don't anybody tell me THOSE are fakes...

By Chevalier on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 09:38 am: Edit

I, too, have been to the tiny hamlet of Les Collines Suce. I, too, have met the proprieter. And over a bottle of greasy Tick-Tack (El Salvador's "national drink"), he confessed to me his greatest scam: selling for $$$ some worthless flea-market statue to a wild South African. "I didn't show him the real stuff", growled my drinkmate, "but you're all right -- come with me." A trapdoor popped open, down we went, and there it was: Sanctus Sanctorum Absinthium, an Ali Baba's cave of the rarest spoons. I handed over my briefcase, bulging with gold doubloons. What were doubloons, compared to such treasures as these?my picture (My apologies to Kallisti, a nice person who doesn't deserve to have her bandwidth so hogged. I promise to hold back in the future.)

By Tavarua on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 09:31 am: Edit

You guys fucking kill me.

This reminds me of the time when I was a young lad and stumbled across the temple of the “Lost Vaginas”, hidden in the Himalayas. Unfortunately I cannot talk about it, as I have just struck a movie deal with one of the premier film studios in Englewood, “Vivid Pictures.” I can tell you that it will be a touching story about a boy and his penis.

By Oxygenee on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 09:29 am: Edit

It is with deep reluctance that I enter into a public dispute with so eminent a authority, but I am afraid it is YOU who are mistaken, Absinthedrinker my friend. While it is true that the Rimbaud sketches show an uncircumcised robinette, there is a small publicity stamp at the the base of this fountain that explains all: "Absinthe La Juive". Of course as you know kosher absinthe was a significant sector of the market, there were several brands (you'll find one illustrated on Pg 24 of Delahaye's "Art et Histoire"), but "La Juive" was by far the most popular. So popular in fact, that like Pernod Fils, the label was often copied and satirised. An example of this is to be found on Pg114 of Conrad.

By Dr_Ordinaire on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 09:14 am: Edit

Oxygenee, I think I speak for the entire Forum when I say that you've made us all opal-green with envy.

To contemplate the "le Don" fountain every day! To grab its meaning... To suck in its energy... To milk every drop of its ancient power...

Ah, this is beyond what mortals can aspire to. This is hubris. This is like having the Eleusinian Mysteries performed daily in your living room.

From now on, watch your back, Oxygenee. I'm sure there are Forumites that believe that murder is a small price to pay for that treasure.

And please, please don't tell Prof. Von Wench about it. She might drop the subject of her present research, the "un-Marc" fountain, at the most important point and that would mean a terrible... loss.

By Chevalier on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 09:13 am: Edit

Not so fast, Absinthdrinker! David's fountain may have been circumcised by a previous owner -- a very common practice before the Dreyfus affair made it unpopular.

By Absinthedrinker on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 09:07 am: Edit

I am sorry to say David that you have purchased a FAKE! The original and genuine fountains are uncircumcised, whereas this one is clearly lacking in that department.

By Oxygenee on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 08:56 am: Edit

And thank you for those kind words Chevalier. I hesitate to distract attention from your remarkable find, but I was fortunate to recently acquire another fountain in the same style, while scouting for absinthiana in the foothills of the Jura. Having hiked for several hours, and weary from carrying our backpacks, weighed down as they were by the pyrogenes we had collected that morning, we chanced on the tiny hamlet of Les Collines Suce. We repaired at once to the local tavern for a refreshing Le Bleue. A bottle and a half later, the proprietor, who had been matching us drink for drink, had dropped his native reserve and became quite effusively friendly. I siezed the opportunity to ask him if he ever came across any old absinthe memorabilia. With a conspiratorial tap of the side of his nose, he beckoned us over, and led us through the bar and out via a side door into a kind of landing. Then down a steep flight of stairs, lit by guttering torches at the side. Grabbing one of these he pushed open a heavy oak door, and then another just inside. We descended a further flight of stairs, and I realised that we were moving deeper and deeper into some kind of cellar. I could dimly make out cobwebbed bottles in stone bins at the side. Eventually we came to another door, the lock rusted shut. With some difficulty, he opened the lock and pushed the creaking door open. "C'est la cave de mon grand-grand-grand-père!" he said proudly. We stood transfixed - I knew for the first time how Howard Carter felt when he entered the tomb of Tutankamen. There, arrayed before us were hundreds of sealed absinthe bottles - Pernod, Junod, Berger, Cusenier, Terminus - they were all there, and dozens more. There were shelves of Pontarlier glasses, and crates marked: "Cuilleres - Les Feuilles d'Absinthe - 10 douzaines". But what caught my attention immediately, and reduced me to stupified silence was none of these - hidden in the corner under a thick layer of dust, I saw the Holy Grail of all absinthe collectors, the greatest absinthe fountain of them all, never seen in the modern era but known from the sketch in Rimbaud's notebooks, the legendary "Le Don" fountain. An immediate exchange of high denomination currency followed, and the fountain was mine! I'm proud to show a photo here on the Forum.
Don

I've showed this photo to several of the leading French experts. Madame Delahaye in particular, was absolutely astonished.

By Chevalier on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 06:50 am: Edit

Oxygenée -- Ordinaire -- Von Wench. Titans all. Far below mere mortals cower, shivering in your opal-tinted shadows ... praying you won't piddle ...

By Oxygenee on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 01:00 am: Edit

Thank you Dr Ordinaire. I'm sure we both look forward to further clarification from Prof.Von Wench's ongoing research in this area.

Interestingly of course, because of the unique design of this fountain, no spoon was used for the sugar ritual. The sugar, or "candy" as it was known, was added through the nose.

By Dr_Ordinaire on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 12:40 am: Edit

I'm weary of barging in into an argument between two connoiseurs, but I have reasons to believe that the "un-Marc" version was actually noted by an abnormally small penis. I can quote recent research by Prof. Josh von Hamburg-Flipp that points in that direction.

On the other hand, there is research by Prof. Vera Von Wench that states, categorically, that "un-Marc" must be interpreted as "non-Marc", since "le Marc" was a well known penile symbol during la Belle Epoque and beyond.

Since we don't have samples from that time, I guess the "penile content" of "un Marc" and its psychotropic effects will continue to be the subject of discussion among lovers of absinthe for years to come.

By Oxygenee on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 11:51 pm: Edit

I should add that there are two variants of this item. This is the one with the unusually large penis. In the bistrot of the Belle Epoque, it was colloquially referred to as "un Marc".

By Oxygenee on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 11:09 pm: Edit

Thank you for bringing this to our attention Chevalier. As always your connoiseurship is an inspiration to us. As a specialist though, I need to know whether this is an authentic Pissoir Fils original, or a later and less desirable Felix Pissoir copy.

By Chevalier on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 06:55 pm: Edit

The glass, however, is NOT original.

By Chevalier on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 06:05 pm: Edit

A most unusual absinthe fountain from Belgium, courtesy of frat brother Todd "Loose" Lautrec -- the great-great grandson of you-know-who.
mannekinpis

By Admin on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 09:13 am: Edit

hrm, I have an old amiga ... wonder what it's going for.

I loved that little machine, sigh.

Hmm, just checked ebay. It is worth nothing. What did the apple III have on the amiga!?!?! no chic, I guess. heeee. Can't seem to get rid of, taking up valuable storage space for years now.

By Melinelly on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 08:50 am: Edit

my father in law used to work for apple way back, and he had an Apple III with all the accessories sitting in his basement for the longest time... a few years ago, he took it to the dump and practiced his hammer toss with it heh...

needless to say his expression was priceless when i told him i'd seen a system not as nice or complete as his go for nearly 500 bucks on eBay =)

By Heiko on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 06:15 am: Edit

But better to collect things that become more expensive with time than to spend everything on new computer parts that lose 90% of their worth in two months and are worthless garbage after two years...
A friend and I have recently piled up all of our computer stuff that is absolutely worthless by now (you can't even build an "internet-typewriter" with it anymore). That stuff has cost us thousands of German Marks back in 95-96...

Maybe we need to keep that stuff longer - in 10 years some collector might pay money for it ;-)

By Don_Walsh on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 02:37 am: Edit

Collecting anything IS insanity. I was a very advanced Nikon camera and microscope collector for a couple of years, accumulating a $35,000 stash of hardware...the last of which is on eBay now, and going to finance JL like the rest of it and everything else I have earned in the last year...

It was a nice but expensive way to learn the Nikon system.

By Oxygenee on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 02:25 am: Edit

I received a very prompt and courteous reply from the purchaser of the E.Pernod bottle. Perhaps unsuprisingly, the truth apparently lay mid-way between my and Don's musings: yes, he did feel it was an exceptionally fine example of this bottle, yes, he had badly wanted it for his collection, no he hadn't intended beforehand to go quite as high, and yes, he had got a little carried away.

I'd agree exactly with Petermarc's dating of the bottle by the way.

By Thegreenimp on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 12:22 am: Edit

On Collecting,...... Many years ago I heard a quote from Jonathan Winters.
"Collecting is a Mania","And Mania, defined in the Dictionary", "Is a Form of Insanity"......
Jay.. (One Mad Dog Always Recognizes Another)

By _Blackjack on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 08:05 pm: Edit

Let this be a lesson, if you don't wash all your clothes in hot water and leave the furniture wrapped in plastic for a month, the scabies just come back...

By Admin on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 03:11 pm: Edit

Oh do tell us what he says, Oxy ...

I'd like to know if my bottles are special. heh. I'll have to look a them more closely.

By Petermarc on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 02:39 pm: Edit

the e.pernod bottle is most likely from 1850-1870, as it is more crude and unevenly shaped than a typical mold-blown bottle of a later date...the 'kick-up' bottle is a result of the use of a 'pontil' rod that was pressed into the molten glass bottom to hold the bottle while it cooled and the glass-blower removed the blow-pipe from the mouth end...on earlier bottles it was left broken off and crude, whereas this one the pontil was re-heated and rounded off, creating that 'nipple' in the center(no secret process, actually an accident that became tradition)..this is the 'prehensile tail' that you still see today at the bottom of many wine and champagne bottles that are now made by machine and have no reason to have the indentation(however, it apparently adds strength, particularly useful for high-pressured champagne)...people have tried to explain that the kick-up is for placing your thumb in as you pour the wine, but try it, it's hard and looks too 'posed' plus, what do you do when your wine bottle doesn't have one? A: stick thumb up ass...
applied glass seal bottles are relatively rare in the us, much more common in europe...also european bottles look older in comparison to american bottles...this is especially true with the water carafes,many which have hand-applied lips that would date them from before 1900, if made in the us, but were made that way here into the 1930's...the french do not seem to be big bottle collectors like in the us (except minatures)and there are many bottles from the late 1700's and early 1800's here that go for around $50, while a pernod carafe from the 1920s-30s-40s could go for much more...

By Chevalier on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 02:21 pm: Edit

And here is what a $68,750 bottle looks like:
bitters

By Chevalier on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 02:02 pm: Edit

If it can be collected, it IS collected.

By Oxygenee on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 11:49 am: Edit

Bottle coollecting is a huge collecting field, with thousands of serious collectors, hundreds of dealers and dozens of specialist auction houses. The speciality fields of bitters bottles, flasks, fire grenade bottles, figural bottles etc all individually completely dwarf the entire field of absinthiana collecting.

You can check out one of the bigger speciality bottle auction houses - Pacific Glass Auctions on: http://www.pacglass.com

A few years back they sold a single Bryant Stomach Bitters bottle (one of the most desirable items in the field) for almost $70 000.

Bottle collectors DO compete with absinthe collectors for old bottles, and they both would pay $20 - $30 for an average empty Pernod bottle. However, bottle collecting is one of those field (like philately or numismatics) where very small differences in quality or condition - so small that a non-expert would not even notice the difference - can and do make a quite literally exponential difference to the price.

My guess is that this was a bottle of exceptional age, colour and quality, and that it was bought by an experienced collector. I've sent him an email to ask him what made the bottle so special, so if he answers me, I'll be able to tell you from the horse's mouth.

By Chevalier on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 09:26 am: Edit

Fifteen years ago, I dived the wreck of an 1870s English steamship on a reef near Ras Mohammed National Park. The currents above the wreck are treacherous almost all year long, so few had had a chance to dive it. No diving meant no looting. The ship's contents were remarkably intact.

I swam inside. In the hold were hundreds of wine bottles, transparent torpedo-shaped lemonade bottles, even "aerated water" bottles from Bombay. Many of these bottles were still corked, their liquid contents inside ... you could see bits of lemon pulp floating in the lemonade.

Young whippersnapper that I was, my head swimming with plans to get exquisitely sloshed, I brought some bottles up to the diveboat and opened one with wine in it. Trust me: nothing, NOTHING smells worse than wine that's been sitting around in the Red Sea for 115 years. Think of ripe concentrated diaper shit on a very hot day. Or better yet, don't.

Gagging, I immediately dumped that "wine" into the sea -- which was a mean trick to play on it. God knows how many innocent fish were killed.

The emptied bottles I kept.

By Chevalier on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 08:53 am: Edit

Mindboggling.

Of course, bottle collectors might say the same about the prices fetched by some of "those tinny little slotted spoons."

By Artemis on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 08:00 am: Edit

"And the idea that there is an unperceived collector community which values absinthe bottles at an order of magnitude higher than absinthe bottle collectors do, seems also absurd, as such a group of collectors, were they to exist, would have long ago come to the attention of absinthe collectors,"

Sorry Don, you've got it backwards. Just because you don't know about it doesn't mean it's "unperceived". Antique bottle collectors (and I know, I was one) existed long before there were any absinthe bottle collectors. I daresay its the absinthe bottle collectors who have not come to the attention of the other group. Oxygenee was completely accurate. The prices paid for some empty bitters bottles make the prices paid for FULL Pernod bottles look like chump change. The guy who bought the bottle may well have not cared whether it ever contained absinthe - it's the physical beauty and rarity of the bottle that counts.

By Wormwood on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 04:40 am: Edit

Several years ago on eBay I bought an E. Pernod bottle with lable and still half filled with absinthe. I paid less than $50, I shudder to think what it would go for on ebay today.

By Don_Walsh on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 03:54 am: Edit

There is also the 'auction fever' factor and the possibility that the buyer has a personal agenda going, as a collector, that permits him to simply throw money at a problem of acquisition. As a camera collector in previous years (and on eBay) I did much the same, doubtless leaving others in my wake wondering what sort of a frigging idiot I was. Answer: a frigging idiot with more money than them.

Still, $300 for a $30 bottle seems absurd. And the idea that there is an unperceived collector community which values absinthe bottles at an order of magnitude higher than absinthe bottle collectors do, seems also absurd, as such a group of collectors, were they to exist, would have long ago come to the attention of absinthe collectors, if for no other reason than the former are the natural prey of the latter, with that kind of discrepency in their perceived valuations of the same items...

By Oxygenee on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 01:08 am: Edit

While I was also very suprised at the price the E. Pernod bottle fetched, I'm not certain that it was necessarily that outrageous. Both the seller (definitely) and the buyer (probably) were antique bottle specialists, not absinthe afficianado's. Bottle collecting is a huge and potentially very expensive field (try searching eBay on the word "bitters" or "flasks" and you'll see what I mean). I've seen several relatively ordinary looking (to a layman) bitters bottles sell for over $20 000, and prices in the $3000 - $8000 range are commonplace.

In this field, small differences in condition or appearance (a slightly more luminous colour than usual, an especially crudely applied lip, particularly crisp embossing, an unusual turn-up) make a huge, sometimes exponential difference to the price.

I've not seen enough E.Pernod bottles to know how rare this one was - certainly it was a slightly more olive colour and had a more crudely applied seal than any I have seen, while the lettering was very well defined.

The buyer is a very experienced eBay purchaser, with feedback over 400 - maybe we shouldn't be quite so certain he doesn't know what he is doing.

By Missthing on Monday, August 27, 2001 - 10:48 pm: Edit

Far as I've seen on eBay the sheer volume of items means that not everything "suspect" is checked - unless there are complaints. There are just too few people working there compared to the volume of auctions occurring for careful policing to occur - much like the real world, methinks.

Thanks for the price comparison - amazing what the uniformed will pay for some things....

By Aion on Monday, August 27, 2001 - 10:08 pm: Edit

The vintage bottle Chevalier mentioned
has a very interesting design of the base.
Was this shape commonly used and is there any
(secret) reason for this design (e.g. minimizing
the contact surface between liquid and herbal
sediments)?
A.

By Malhomme on Monday, August 27, 2001 - 09:51 pm: Edit

MissThing,
I believe a fair market price for a bare E. Pernod bottle would be around $40.00 US, or so I've heard. I found mine in an antique store in NOLA 5 years ago amidst a pile of odd bottles. I didn't pay even that much for it though.

Jim

By Don_Walsh on Monday, August 27, 2001 - 09:14 pm: Edit

I'm confused. I thought eBay had a policy barring sales of liquor. Clearly, Absente is not a collectible. Has eBay relaxed its policy such that full bottles of modern absinthe (or in this case, pastis) are okay? As long as a smarmy statement about the value all being in the bottle not the contents, is made?

Or do they only act is someone complains?

By Admin on Monday, August 27, 2001 - 08:59 pm: Edit

I have several "stripped bare" pernod bottles, e. pernod and otherwise. And I paid between $20-$35. They're cute with poppies popping out of them.

With labels I would imagine swimming around or below $100, though I know people pay much much more.

By Missthing on Monday, August 27, 2001 - 07:11 pm: Edit

Just curious, as I was surprised at how much that empty E.Pernod bottle went for, what *is* a fair price for a genuine Pernod bottle in that condition???

By _Blackjack on Monday, August 27, 2001 - 05:57 pm: Edit

The same guy did auction off several bottles of Oxygenee recently, one of which was purchased by someone with the same name as a forumite. I'd be curious to hear his experience, if it is indeed the same fellow.

By Chevalier on Monday, August 27, 2001 - 05:54 pm: Edit

Don't get me started.

eBay item # 1180803539: "MINT,CRUDE,EARLY E.PERNOD ABSINTHE BOTTLE".

No cork(!), no label(!), empty(!)

Honestly represented, however, with a $9 opening bid price.

Went for $305. Huh?

By Thegreenimp on Monday, August 27, 2001 - 04:49 pm: Edit

I think he hooked someone before, for over $90.00 for the same thing......Amazing!
Jay

By Verawench on Monday, August 27, 2001 - 04:48 pm: Edit

I've seen the high bidder ("hypnoed") bidding on every piece of absinthe-related ebay junk recently, including that book I saw on there recently, "Absinthe - The Cocaine of the 19th Century".

He's some sort of mislead "collector". Good luck setting him straight, Ted.

By Tabreaux on Monday, August 27, 2001 - 04:43 pm: Edit

I've emailed the bidders to advise them of reality. This kind of misrepresentation is just bad.

By Morriganlefey on Monday, August 27, 2001 - 04:41 pm: Edit

AND it's in mint condition!! WOOO HOO!

(Lord, someone is willing to pay $79 bucks for it??)

- M

By Tabreaux on Monday, August 27, 2001 - 04:35 pm: Edit

Now be advised, this was imported from Eastern Europe because it is quite impossible to find on the market.....

Bullshit

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