Absinthe Saucer from French Bar with 60-Centime Price
Handsome French bar saucer from the absinthe period (pre-1915) with 60-centime price and blue border edged by black hairlines. This is a genuine turn-of-the-century saucer or soucoupe from the Belle Epoque when poets and artists drank the addictive wormwood-based drink absinthe which was banned in France in 1915. You sat at the bar and drank, each drink being served on a priced saucer. The saucers were stacked by your place and when you were ready to pay l'addition (the bill), the barman simply added up the amounts on your saucers. This saucer, 4 3/8 inches in diameter, bears a 60-centime price. The 60-centime price indicates that this is an early saucer because later ones are priced in francs. The saucer was manufactured by Charlionais & Panissier of Toulouse and is so marked on the back. These original bar saucers are becoming very scarce. We have a large number of absinthe related items which we intend to list but have not gotten to yet. These include dozens of saucers, spoons, glasses, topettes, sugar dishes, spoon holders --all genuine items from the period before absinthe was banned. Please contact us if you would like to know more about these items.