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Polly

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iconnumber posted 05-08-2011 01:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What's this? I don't know the answer myself. It's silverplate, marked EPNS ABSA DENMARK. The bulb at the end is heavy and a little dented, as if it's been knocked around a bit.

Some sort of bar tool? A conductor's baton?

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 05-08-2011 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Possibly a Hydrometer?

For example to measure the alcohol content of beer, wine, gin, etc.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 05-08-2011 02:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How would it work?

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 05-08-2011 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Polly,

I think it's a stirrer for drinks. Fill the bulb part with water & place in the freezer . When frozen, place it in the drink & stir....voila! an ice cube stir stick!

Jersey

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 05-08-2011 09:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi. Not clear how much the pencil has been sharpened down. What is the length of the piece?

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 05-08-2011 10:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello June,

Are we talking about the same piece? This is not a pencil. The item Polly has shown is a stirrer & unless I miss my guess, it's aprox. 6 1/2".

My apologies June, I completely missed the pencil as the measurement.

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taloncrest

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iconnumber posted 05-08-2011 11:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for taloncrest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Try a Google search of the markings. It seems jersey has it right, although one Swedish site seems to call it a champagne beater, whatever that is.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 05-08-2011 11:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My understanding of Danish relies on the translation sites...

But it seems to be a champagnevisp.

Some say it is a Champagne Beater or swizzle stick.

Others suggest it is a drink cooler.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 05-09-2011 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, all.

Yes, it's 6 1/2 inches long.

Neither end unscrews, so I don't see how it could be filled with water. And I would hesitate to swing it around in a delicate glass--it's a heavy--but I guess you're right, it must be a swizzle stick.

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doc

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iconnumber posted 05-09-2011 08:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wonder if it is to be used with a sugar cube in champagne, as in champagne cocktail (sugar cube and Angostura bitters). I thought it would also be a nice "muddler" for mint in a mojito!

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Hose_dk

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iconnumber posted 05-14-2011 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hose_dk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
my danish is rather good smile give me a link and I translate.
Skefabrikken Absalon

(spoon factory Absalon (name of manufacturer))

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 05-14-2011 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
CHAMPAGNEVISP

nr 602 4050

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Hose_dk

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iconnumber posted 05-14-2011 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hose_dk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
oh no - another modern useful (useless) item. The word champagnevisp - cannot translate but the use is to remove the bubbles in champagne.

And I say why? so I searched. And found that the girls in Paris had trouble with their stomach because of the bubbles in the champagne. Apparently they lived of and from champagne in the public houses in Paris - i.e., the public women.

Their clothes they used a corset - their stomach was pushed into a very slim model - the bobbles where not wanted (their effect)

I also found a place saying that a champagnevisp can in seconds destroy what has taken a long time to manufacture in the champagne industry.

You have a "wonderful" useless item of electroplate - may the designer go to...

The item exist in 3 variants - of my how wise one can be.. [<gone from the intermet> esaias.no/default.pl?showProduct=422&pageId=182]Champagnevisp[/URL]

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 06-05-2011 05:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love it! A device specially made to get rid of champagne bubbles! I guess I won't be using it for its intended purpose very often.

Thanks, Hose_dk!

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Hose_dk

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iconnumber posted 07-08-2011 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hose_dk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today i visited a danish internet auktion site. Forum rules prohibit linking but never mind. The house has 8 for auktion in one lot. Described as drinks coolers.

I think that they know their business. So cooler must be the use.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 07-08-2011 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What would you do with it? Freeze it and then use it to stir the drink, so you wouldn't get melted ice diluting the drink?

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Hose_dk

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iconnumber posted 07-08-2011 04:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hose_dk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
yes that must be it. When the metal is feezing you authomatically get a cold drink. That use was also made in one of the first replies.

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