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Victorian Cultured Pearl, Diamond, Platinum-Topped Gold Brooch

engraved sterling silver, curved handle baby spoon ... ca. 1900

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A lacrimal, also known as a tear bottle, is used to catch the tears of the mourning. During the Victorian period of the 19th century, those who were mourning would collect their tears in the bottle with special stoppers that allowed the tears to evaporate. When the tears evaporated, the mourning period would end.

A lacrimal, also known as a tear bottle, is used to catch the tears of the mourning. During the Victorian period of the 19th century, those who were mourning would collect their tears in the bottle with special stoppers that allowed the tears to evaporate. When the tears evaporated, the mourning period would end.

HAND OF GRACE-ANTIQUE CHATELAINE PURSE ASSEMBLAGE NECKLACE

The scoring guide explained the rules of the game, and listed the prices of the drinks that could be won. Although the tariffs look enticingly attractive, in reality, as with all gambling machines, the odds were heavily stacked in favour of the house.

A selection of absinthe-related glassware, all made from glass dosed with uranium dioxide. Under ultraviolet light this glass showing a characteristic vivid lime-green fluorescence. Because of its mysterious greenish tinge even in daylight (caused by the ultra violet rays present in sunlight), this type of glassware, first manufactured in the mid 19th century, was particularly appropriate for use with absinthe.

A selection of absinthe-related glassware, all made from glass dosed with uranium dioxide. Under ultraviolet light this glass showing a characteristic vivid lime-green fluorescence. Because of its mysterious greenish tinge even in daylight (caused by the ultra violet rays present in sunlight), this type of glassware, first manufactured in the mid 19th century, was particularly appropriate for use with absinthe.

spoon-holder design, by Gombault.

A bistrot sugar jar, using the same glass reservoir and cover as an absinthe fountain.

original schematics and invoices for the Egrot absinthe alambics installed at the Vichet distillery in Pontarlier in 1898

Pontarlier in 1898, together with an albumen print of the stills

An fine early circa 1820-50 alambic, and a selection of catalogues from the leading alambic producers of the absinthe era. Alambics designed for the distillation of absinthe are almost always based on a bain-marie system, so that the herb mass can be indirectly heated by steam, without risk of scorching.