Very Rare Bistrot Absinthe Saucer with 30 Centime Price
Extremely rare French bar saucer with 30 centime price for use under an absinthe glass. There is a green edge with a silver hairline inside. 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 is 5 inches in diameter, which is unusually large, and bears a 30-centime price. The 30-centime price indicates that this is a vary early saucer because later ones are priced in francs. The saucer is glazed on the underside and there are some markings under the glaze which I cannot decipher. It is in very good condition. These original bar saucers are becoming very scarce. Shipping by Priority Mail in the USA will be $5.00. 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.