So I have been looking into the origins of these beautiful little saucers I found and have uncovered a whole history of the drink ABSINTHE.
It was popular in France through the 1840's when it was given to French Troops as a malaria treatment....... I guess there had to be an upside to Malaria !!!!!!!
When the troops returned home, they brought their taste for Absinthe with them. It became so popular in the bars, bistro's and cafes that by the 1860's 5pm was called l'heure verte (The Green Hour). That's where these vintage treasures originate from:
These Absinthe Saucers, or Sous Verre, were served under the Absinthe glass accompanied by an absinthe spoon for adding sugar to this slightly bitter beverage. The saucers denoted the cost of their orders and were stacked up acting as a running tab, or method of calculating the bill.
rim, and the colour denoted the price of the drink. Often the price itself was enamelled on the rim of the saucer as well.
So...... Its 5 o'clock somewhere...... pass the Absinthe !!!