Last week while in Aiken, SC I was fortunate to find York Cottage Antiques! I am a champagne lover myself and I am always on the lookout for antique and vintage champagne glasses or anything to do with champagne. At York Cottage, I found this delightful silver champagne stir called a moussoir. This particular one is made to wear on a pendant, as you can see from the ring at the top (photos below). The purpose of these little “swizzle sticks” were to break the bubbles in champagne . One might wonder why one would want to break the bubbles, but it seems that Victorian ladies did so as a personal preference. Not to mention, they did this for society’s strict manners against burping or hiccups caused by the bubbles. I couldn’t resist this little bauble, but rest assured, I will not be breaking the bubbles in my champagne. However, I just might use this little piece of history to stir my gin and tonic!
Have a lovely Monday, everyone!