This is an authentic, antique absinthe fountain from the early 20th century. The lid features the classic "acorn" top. The fountain has the original asbestos water filter inside the bottom of the globe. At one time this would have been removable to clean. The glass globe is mouth blown and the fountain is handmade. The fountain has four metal spouts, accommodating up to four glasses at the same time. Two of the four spouts are solidly attached, but with loose spigots. The remaining two are loose spouts are loose. All can be easily restored. Each of the four spigots turn. The mouth-blown glass globe is in excellent condition.
Since its arrival into the United States, nothing in or on the fountain has changed or been altered.
Absinthe fountains were most often used in high-end bars because of their expensive price tag. The fountain was brought to the customer's table, where the customer would prepare the absinthe themselves. Unfortunately due to accidents, very few antique fountains have survived intact with its original glass bowl. Absinthe fountains were (and still are today) the preferred way to prepare absinthe, as one can control the rate of water to their liking.
This is an extremely rare example of absinthe history and should be considered show piece. It is not advisable for use.
- Circa 1900 - 1915.
- Fountain measures approx. 20.5" (52 cm) tall.
- Approximately 8.25" (21 cm) under spouts for glasses.
- Glass globe is mouthblown and is original to the fountain.
- Imported from France.