Pontarlier Traditionnel Absinthe Glass, Uncut
This is the uncut version (no facet cuts) of perhaps the most popular antique absinthe glass - the legendary Pontarlier glass. While there were many variations from the pre-ban era (before 1915 when absinthe was banned in France), this style is considered the quintessential traditional Pontarlier absinthe glass.
The glass was made famous, and originally named, after it appeared in an advertisement for the #1 absinthe producer of its time, Pernod Fils. The wall print featured the brand's hometown newspaper from Pontarlier, France laid across a table next to a bottle and glass of Pernod Fils (see above photo). Through a nation wide marketing campaign, this print was sent to bars all over France, only adding to the recognition of the Pontarlier glass. The Pontarlier glass became synonymous with this print.
This mouthblown glass is made to the same measurements as an original Pontarlier glass, including its reservoir. The reservoir is the bottom area of the glass used to measure the amount of absinthe to be added. Besides aiding a bartender by helping them to know the exact amount of absinthe to pour, the reservoir also helps the customer know it is an honest pour. The size of the reservoir generally correlates with the size of the glass being used, as water to absinthe ratios vary by the drinker (typically 3 to 5 parts water, to 1 part absinthe). The reservoir measures 25 ml (.8 oz), which is standard for an absinthe glass of this size.
- Mouthblown glass.
- Measures 3.375" (8.6 cm) in diameter x 5.25" (14.6 cm) in height.
- Glass holds 9 fl oz (26.6 cl).
- Reservoir holds approximately .85 fl oz (25 ml).