Belle Epoque Absinthe Saucer from French Bar 1f75 Price
French absinthe era bar saucer with 1 franc 75 centime price with light blue rim and mostly worn gilt 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 was in Toulouse. Condition of the plate itself is very good but there is wear on the decoration, including on the price in the center (see photo). Diameter is 4 1/2 inches. 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 we have not gotten to all of them as 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.