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Sunday, February 14, 2016

What is It?

Is this a teacup or a man's shaving cup? I just loved the pink roses on it and bought it for it's beauty, I also thought maybe the little shelf inside the cup is for tea bags but then again back turn of century didn't they use loose tea? think so. I know vintage shaving items are very collectable now with some men however I don't think they would have purchased this pretty cup? I work with a young man  who collects vintage shaving items. I am really thinking it's a victorian shaving mug for a man who would have used frilly cups LOL
                                                                   

It didn't have any chips or cracks in or about it you can see where the gold edge has rubbed off over time
 The bottom is unusual to me

 It is such a pretty little thing even if you all tell me the truth

Hope you all had a nice Valentine's Day we got snow and sleet this morning. I feed my birds a lot of extra seed and filled their heated bird bath, I'm watching the birds play in the water now  they just love their heated water



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27 comments:

  1. Hi Janice, I believe your little cup is called a mustache cup. It would keep the gentleman's mustache dry while sipping (or gulping) his tea! lol

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    1. OHHHHHHHHHHHHH never thought about a mustache cup and i should have ,thanks

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  2. Hi Janice, I read a lot but haven't commented before. I have a small collection of Victorian shaving mugs and that is what you have. Seems the Victorian men didn't mind some frilly flowers. These are often confused for mustache cups, which I also have a small collection of. The mustache cup has the part to protect the mustache up on the rim of the cup. The part with the holes in your cup is where the soap would have gone and the holes in the bottom let the water drain out so the soap wouldn't melt as quickly. I learned a lot about old shaving mugs from my grandfather who was a barber. He was born in 1899 and passed away in 1993.

    Sorry for such a long post. I enjoy reading your post. Hope you have a wonderful day.
    Michele

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    1. Thanks for all your correct input. I thought it was a shaving mug, but then it was so dainty and pretty wasn't sure a victorian man would have used it

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    2. Oh wow, that's good info to know and makes sense. Thanks Michele!

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    3. Glad to share....I have learned a lot from both of your blogs!!!

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  3. Whatever it is, it is pretty!!!!
    Heated bird bath??? I never heard of that!!!

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  4. Hi Janice. It's not a moustache cup, it's a shaving cup. The soap sits in the perforated section and that is where the shaving brush is used to lather up the soap before brushing the lather on the face. The perforations are there to allow the excess water to drain off the soap. A moustache cup doesn't have perforations.

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  5. HI shaving cup it is ....and victorian was flowers so that is what they used ..they didnt care about decor ....heated bird bath so needed with our cape cod cold weather and birds love water more than food..we have 2
    ...put flowers in your cup
    xo xo happy valentines day xo

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  6. Well, I cannot say what it is, but I have enjoyed reading the debate between mustache up/shaving up! Have a great week!!

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  7. I don't know what that interesting cup is, so I forwarded it to 2 of my friends who may know. Seems interesting whatever it is. I love that you are taking care of the birds. I know they appreciate it. Blessings, Nancy Carr

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  8. Dear Janice:
    It looks like the mystery is solved! I am so glad. I know some things and don't know others. I am learning all the time - at least that is the goal! Anyway, it is darling! I love the cup to the right here! So pretty too! Thanks for linking.

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  9. Happy valentines for yesterday and today! xx

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  10. No matter what kind of use it has I love the idea that it is so prettily decorated with the flowers. What man today would select that....... Hmmmmmmm

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  11. What an interesting post!

    Lucky birds to have their baths heated!

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  12. Evening, I have a similar cup and believe it is a moustache cup so ones moustache would not get dirty.Blessings Francine.

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  13. I know what it is!! Its a darn good conversation piece!! Ha ha lol

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  14. Beautiful cup! I've always heard these are called mustache cups! I found my very first one when I was a teen, at the local trash dump, in perfect condition! What a treasure! A couple of years ago, I intended on buying a small collection of them at an estate tag sale, but just missed getting them by a few minutes! That was a bummer! ~Hope you had a great Valentines! Rhonda

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  15. My husband and I disagree over these. He says they are shaving mugs. I think they are mustache cups, intended to keep a man's mustache out of the cup. Either way, it's pretty!

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  16. Such a lovely cup! I enjoy reading your post. Hope you have a great week. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Hi Janice, you sure got us all thinking now. I have no idea but what a lovely piece it it. A create conversation piece for sure. I learned something else from this post. I'm from Fla and had no idea about heated bird baths, what a treat for those birdies.

    Sending blessing,
    Marlene
    Marlene

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  18. Hi Janice, you sure got us all thinking now. I have no idea but what a lovely piece it it. A create conversation piece for sure. I learned something else from this post. I'm from Fla and had no idea about heated bird baths, what a treat for those birdies.

    Sending blessing,
    Marlene
    Marlene

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  19. That is such an unusual looking piece. I've never seen anything like it before. And the pretty flowers on the outside are too pretty for me, it should only be for us gals!

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  20. It is a pretty cup, definitely for a man like everyone has said already!Fun to collect.

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  21. So pretty!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  22. Pretty stuff to collection. We do have that kind of tea cup at home and my father do so love it, he feels conformable using it with his tea.

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