Absinthe bistro saucers served a dual purpose in the pre-ban absinthe era. Besides serving as a coaster, they also functioned to indicate the price of absinthe being served.
The price printed onto the bottom or side of the saucer corresponded with a colour painted on the outside rim. This coloured rim was used to tell the waiter how much to charge the customer by reading the different saucer colours when stacked. For instance, if three cranberry rimmed saucers (as shown above) were stacked, the waiter would know to charge the customer 9.45 French francs.
This saucer features a red hand-painted rim with red and gold accented pinwheel lines. The franc mark is printed into the bottom of the saucer, ensuring that the mark will not fade. When paying the bill, the money was generally left inside the coaster. We love to use these saucers as both a coaster and also to our candles - either our beeswax pillar candles or our favourite Linnea's Lights scented candles.
- Sold individually
- High quality porcelain.
- Hand painted rim.
- Paint and text are fired into the saucer.
- Colours will not fade.
- Saucer measures approximately 4.6" in diameter by .825" tall.
- Height inside saucer measures .55".
- Will accommodate a 3.25" diameter glass foot and smaller.
- Imported from France