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   CaliforniaMama  Sunday Dec 2 02:41 PM

December 2, 2012 - Gold Dust Anyone?



This lovely coffee grinder, made of three gold colors, steel and ivory, is part of the exhibit Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette.

It normally lives at the Musťe du Louvre, Paris, and we are fortunate that the exhibit has been allowed to travel out of France for the first time. It is currently on exhibit at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, California. I hope to be able to see it in person next month.

I havenít seen dimensions of the grinder, but it looks to me like it is made to be held in one hand while the other does the grinding. I wonder who did the grinding? Marie-Antoinette, Louis XIVís mistress, a servant?

I wonder how much coffee it ground? A cup? A pot? And just how much gold got ground in with the coffee? Not enough to poison anyone, apparently . . .

Legion of Honor



ZenGum  Sunday Dec 2 05:46 PM

Gold is not poisonous; you can get meals sprinkled with gold dust today, if you're (a) very rich and (b) a bit silly.

Ancient Romans used to sprinkle powdered lead on food to improve the taste. Which may explain why Caligula was so bloody nuts as to appoint his horse in charge of the eastern half of the Empire.



infinite monkey  Sunday Dec 2 05:56 PM

There is shaved gold in Goldschlager. Not enough to amount to much but you can see it.



footfootfoot  Sunday Dec 2 06:06 PM

I suspect the grinding bits are steel.

Also my great grandfather was a gold-schlager.



infinite monkey  Sunday Dec 2 06:11 PM

That's pretty cool, foot. A family of artisans.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Dec 2 10:23 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by CaliforniaMama View Post


I havenít seen dimensions of the grinder, but it looks to me like it is made to be held in one hand while the other does the grinding. I wonder who did the grinding? Marie-Antoinette, Louis XIVís mistress, a servant?

It's 3 3/4 x 2 1/16 in. (9.5 x 5.2 cm)


footfootfoot  Monday Dec 3 08:25 AM

Sounds more like a pepper mill or a really, really early vibrator.



Coign  Monday Dec 3 12:32 PM

I will also attest to the non-posioness qualities of gold on the fact that my preferred shot at the bar is Goldschlager and I drink a LOT of it. (And yes it is real gold. About $0.73 worth.)



BigV  Monday Dec 3 04:05 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
Sounds more like a pepper mill or a really, really early vibrator.
That's Hysterical! Gives new meaning to grinding it out, eh? winkwinknudgenudge


Crimson Ghost  Tuesday Dec 4 05:33 AM

Thought you meant -



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