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Vintage French Métro Glass Change Tray

Vintage French Métro Glass Change Tray

$150.00

Once a fixture in businesses throughout France, change trays were used to pass money and receipts between the shopkeeper and client. Called remasse-monnaie in French, these change trays were typically decorated with an advertisement - either for the shop itself or a vendor whose products were sold in the shop.  Today, these trays are no longer common and if found are often made of plastic.

Fresh from the markets of Paris, this weighty vintage French change tray was once used in one of the many RATP stations that are found across the city. The thick glass tray is decorated with bold graphics that declare: "Transport Tickets are Sold Here" along with a yellow ticket emblazoned with the RATP logo. 

The RATP or Régie autonome des transports parisiens (Autonomous Parisian Transportation Administration) is the public transport operator headquartered in Paris. The RATP was founded in 1949 and is still responsible for most of the public transport in the Greater Paris area, including the Paris métro, the Île-de-France tram and the RATP bus network as well as the regional RER trains.

Dating from the 1980s, this handsome glass tray is a lasting piece of iconic Paris history and is sure to be a storied addition to your home happily holding your keys, cell phone, loose change...and maybe even a métro ticket or two!


Strictly limited quantities (at listing, a total of 2 trays are available) and subject to prior sale. In very good vintage condition. 7.5" x 6.75".

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