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Offline Anne

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Brandy balloons with wooden stems
« on: January 27, 2005, 01:23:29 PM »
I wonder if anyone has come across these before? They are small sized brandy balloon shaped glasses - the balloon is an amber-coloured glass but the stem and foot are made of what looks like walnut wood. They came on a walnut musical box bottle stand which plays a tune (Lara's Theme from Dr Zhivago) when the bottle/decanter is removed from the centre. There was no decanter with the set so I don't know if this is lost or if one wasn't supplied. On the bottom of the stand is a sticker bearing the name Reuge and the tune details.

I know Reuge are one of the big musical box movement makers and have looked them up already (I have a few musical movements in different items) but I don't know who produced these sets or the glass/wood brandy balloons. There's a similar style stand (with applied decals which mine doesn't have) on eBay at the moment (with a mixture of clear glasses but they don't have wooden stems) but no clue as to its origins.

It's the wooden stemmed glasses that interest me more than anything. I've seen drinking vessels with metal stems before but not wooden ones, so am curious (again!) as to how common they were.


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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2005, 04:45:32 PM »
All I can add is that a friend in Australia has a pair of iridised glasses that have teak stems. I once had a photo of them but can't find it now (I'll keep looking). Most unusual and I have never seen any others. I seem to recall several of us thought they may be German (but I can't recall why).
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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2005, 06:11:15 PM »
Hi Anne,
          they sound very interesting and i would love to see apicture of them
                  Gary


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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2005, 01:13:28 AM »
I've finally (!) managed to get the camera and the glasses/carousel into the same place and take some pictures Gary...

thumbnail views are here: http://www.yobunny.org.uk/gallery1/thumbnails.php?album=13 and click on each image to view a larger shot of the thumbnail... or direct link to larger images:

carousel with glasses: 122kb
http://yobunny.org.uk/gallery1/displayimage.php?pos=-99

brandy balloon - glass bowl/wooden stem; 54kb
http://yobunny.org.uk/gallery1/displayimage.php?pos=-101

brandy balloon - as above, different view - 118kb
http://yobunny.org.uk/gallery1/displayimage.php?pos=-100

brandy balloon alongside goblet of same type found days later: 86kb
http://yobunny.org.uk/gallery1/displayimage.php?pos=-98

Edited to update the image links.


 

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