|Absinthiana III - Uranium Glass
An unusual uranium glass spoon-holder
made by Cote-Baritel, a Lyon based
The same items under ultraviolet light, showing the
characteristic fluorescence caused by the presence of
radioactive compounds (uranium dioxide) in the glass.
Absinthe Mugnier carafe in
a light green uranium glass.
|Three uranium-glass swirl glasses.
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 Baccarat liqueur set with two glasses, topette, sugar bowl and tray all in use with
absinthe. Baccarat made this opaque milky glass from around 1830 to A Baccarat
liqueur set with two glasses, topette, sugar bowl and tray all in gilt-rimmed opaline
glass dating from 1830 - 1860, possibly made specifically for use with absinthe.
Baccarat made this opaque milky glass from around 1830 to 1890, although
towards the end of this period it was usually more heavily gilded, rather than
relatively plain as here. It fluoresces a bright lime-green under long-range UV-light.
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Very unusually, one of the glasses still has a
remnant of the original Baccarat paper label on
Larger glasses and spoons only came into
widespread use later in the century, from the
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