Porcelain Absinthe Coaster/Saucer, 35Cts, Black/Silver, with Lines

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Absinthe coasters (or 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 color painted on the outside rim. This colored rim was used to tell the waiter how much to charge the customer by reading the different saucer colors when stacked. For instance, if two black rimmed saucers (as shown above) were stacked, the waiter would know to charge the customer .70 French centimes (like cents in the U.S.). When paying the bill, the money was generally left inside the saucer.

This porcelain saucer features a yellow hand-painted rim with yellow and silver accented pinwheel lines. The centime mark is printed into the side of the saucer.

  • Exact reproduction.
  • High quality porcelain.
  • Hand painted rim and pinwheels.
  • Paint and text are fired into the saucer.
  • Colors will not fade.
  • Saucer measures approximately 4.75" in diameter by .75" tall.
  • Height inside saucer measures .5".
  • Will accommodate a 3.3" diameter glass base and smaller.
  • Imported.

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  • 5
    Love it.

    Posted by Ricoman on Jan 6th 2021

    Very nice saucer,well made and fair price.

  • 5
    A Lovely Touch to the Absinthe Ritual

    Posted by Michelle on Oct 30th 2018

    I bought these to accompany a pair of glasses for a specific tasting with a friend. I thought they would just be cute little saucers but they are so much nicer than I expected. These sturdy little guys are going to pass the test of time and I expect to be using them for years! I will be purchasing more of them!