When I saw this glass carafe in a market stall I just could not resist it's charms. Lovely to hold with a weighted bottom, this is a beautiful piece to add to any table.
It has lovely etched letters in the glass and from the wording it seems this is intended as a carafe for water in a cafe or restaurant, as it has advertising on the front and bottom.
The beer being advertised came from 'Brewery of Vernon' which was in operation from 1859 until 1966. It produced two beers - the one advertised here Peterschmitt lager spéciale (special lager) and another called just Peter's.
And look at this sweet little bottle. Can you devise a little anecdote from the clues left on the bottle? I just love trying to guess a history behind the object.
Euphytose (fr) is available in France as an over the counter herbal remedy for mild anxiety or a mild sleep disorder. Can you imagine M. or Mme R. Toole in their sleep deprived state, or very slightly anxious, entering la pharmacie to ask for a remedy?
And how did you go guessing what these are? The hint was the little motif embossed in the glass of the one in the centre.
These are glass fly catchers. They would be filled with a little water mixed with honey or meat or other fly attractant, and would be hung near an outdoor meal table to ensure that le déjeuner en plein air (lunch taken outdoors) remained insect free!
Typical of the French, even such a mundane object still has an air of elegance to it. Don't you agree?