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Absinthe

Absinthe

Coaster

Ornament

Button

Necklace

Opposed by social conservatives and prohibitionists in the late 19th- and early 20th-century, absinthe has been wrongly portrayed as a dangerously addictive psychoactive drug. The small amount of thujone was blamed for its exaggerated harmful effects. By 1915, absinthe had been banned in the United States and in most European countries including France, the Netherlands, Belgium.

Commonly referred to as the "green fairy" due to its natrual green color, absinthe originated in the canton of Neuchtel in Switzerland. In France Parisian artists and writers made it a part of the bohemian culture. Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Amedeo Modigliani, Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Aleister Crowley and Alfred Jarry were well known drinkers of absinthe.

The items you see here were inspired by the advertising of the time. We are offering a sterling silver plate necklace, sandstone drink coaster, two frosted coffee mugs featuring original poster and label designs of the Victorian era.