Scarce Vintage Silver Gilt Absinthe Saucer, 3f50 Price
French absinthe era bar saucer with 3 franc 50 centime price and scarce silver-gilt rim and line decoration. This is a guaranteed 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. When you ordered, each drink was 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 or waiter simply added up the amounts on your saucers. On the back is a stamped mark indicating the manufacturer: J. Laplaine, Ste Livrade sur Lot (a town a bit more than 100 kilometers southeast of Bordeaux). Condition is excellent (note that a small part of the 0 has worn away on the the bottom right); diameter is 4 11/16 inches. Silver decoration is uncommon on these saucers. Genuine saucers are becoming very difficult to find. We are including free Priority Mail shipping within the USA on this item. 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.