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October 27, 2008

~~~DON"T WET YOUR MUSTACHE~~~

I thought I would share a interesting collection with you today...How many have ever heard of a Mustache Cup ?? allot of people when they see these think they are Shaving mugs.. See the lip at the top of the cup...well these are Men's Mustache cups...Yes you heard me right very fancy but for men...how ever I have seen a few women that could use these also...Now the Mustache cup was Invented in 1830 by a very clever Englishman by the name of Harvey Adams.
Mustache were originally called Napoleons and saucers, because at that time, men wore Napoleon or small beards and mustaches. Mustache cups did not become popular in America until 1845....As men were using " Old Reliable Hair and Whisker Dye" and curling their mustaches at that time and the Hot liquid would melt their wax..

Now this is really 2 cups that came with a set of dishes...at that time they would thrown in a man cup when you bought the dishes..so you see I have a ladies cup and a mustache cup both matching. This was a rare find and tell me I wasn't doing the Happy dance the day I found these..


These I love as they were given away as Presents..they say, Remember me, Think of me, Brother, Father , Forget me not. etc.. What a neat gift for the time.



I just love the Butterflies handles on these and also the Angel one...The black cup says on the bottom of it to Lewis Christmas 1883...guess I should have taken a picture of that...




These cups came in all shapes and sizes, the little one in front is a R.R. Prussia cup, also have a collection of this china...The R.S Prussia one was also a rare find and the most collectiable one.. Now the one every one is really looking for is a left handed cup.. I have been collecting these since 1982 and has yet to find a left hand one... so the hunt is still on... Oh stop the madness !!





Don't you love the squares ones ? and how men could put there finger in this handle is also a mystery...they must of had small fingers over hundred years ago.







Oh and the silver ones are so pretty., I guess they much have been for the wealthy Men !! and I will tell you I hate cleaning Silver. I just did it for you guys today..Probably won't get done again for awhile I like to tell people they are Pewter ha ha!!







They also came in many colors...these are my blue ones and the big one in front is from England it a Royal Stafford shire and of course I love these as they are Blue and White...and it what they call Flow Blue..


Odd Color for a man, but these are some of my Pink cups, I just love all the kids at play on the first 2 cups in front row.. How sweet is that !! I have over 150 Mustache now in my collection WOW!! another collection gone wild... these were like Lays's Potato chips with me couldn't stop with just one lol!!

Now I know you are probably thinking where are earth would she keep so many cups?? well I have 1 China cabinet with them in and then I hired a contractor to come and add display cabinets between the studs in my dining room...you can see I have them on both sides of my window seat now... I have lights also in them so they look real pretty at night time...Hope you all enjoyed a little mini- history on Mustaches cups...

Have a Great day and please come back and see me again... Hugs and smiles Gloria





















33 comments:

Anonymous said...

g, I have never even seen one of these... you have such a interesting blog, thanks for sharing. vicky

Bo said...

I love coming to your blog...you have the neatest antiques...Oh yeah, I've seen some of those women too who could use one of those moustache cups...uh-oh, I'd better go check myself in the mirror..Bye-bye, ;-) Bo

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Gloria! Thanks for visiting my blog and putting me on your list. I really appreciate it! You have a beautiful collection of mustache cups. I've never seen them before! How interesting. I learned something today. I do remember seeing you on RMS. Kristen

beddow said...

What an awesome collection! I love your display cabinets too.
Have a great day!

Betty

Chris said...

I've heard of them and maybe even seen a couple, but I have never seen a collection of them. You have an amazing collection of them and so much knowledge too, I might add. Thank you for sharing.

Hugs,
Chris

Glenda said...

I've not seen very many of these, and I'm older than you. Suppose I just haven't been to the right places. You have an amazing variety and selection of cups. Good luck on your quest for a left handed one.

Anonymous said...

Gosh Gloria, if I ever saw one of these I didn't know what it was. What an amazing collection of beautiful things. Very clever way to store them too. You have so much knowledge about so many things, girl, you are surely a genius! We are so blessed to know you. Love ya, Cindy

Shelia said...

Oh my goodness, Gloria! Look at all these treasures! I'm loving your cups. Some are pretty frilly for the guys, huh? Maybe these were for the girls, you know they didn't wax back then! lol Love your display racks too! You have the most wonderful things!
Be a sweetie today,
Shelia ;)

squawmama said...

WOW!!! What a beutiful collection... My husband has a shving collection of shaving mugs, razors and straps... in this we have 2 mustach cups.. Nothing as beautful as yours and I have never seen such an extensive collection... Beautiful.. and so much wonderful history with this post... Loved it..

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Chari said...

Hey Girlfriend...

Lovin' your post on all of your pretty tea cup collections...Girl, what a grand idea on those pretty cabinets that you had made beside your window seat...I just think that is the coolest!!! You brought back some fond memories with the "mustache cups"...my dear Grandpa had a few (now I'm wondering what ever happened to them?...hmmm) Anyway, I just love the matching his and hers teacups...I didn't know that they would include the special "mustache" cup for the man in the set of dishes! I always learn so much from you...thank you, Girlfriend!!!

Love ya,
Chari

xinex said...

Good morning Gloria. I am so glad you shared these with us. What interesting pieces. I have seen a modern one but not antiques like these, which of course are more interesting and valuable. Your cabinets look great with them.

Picket said...

GLORIA!!!!! I know this probably a gorgeous post but right now I am squealing so loud and crying and so happy about to pee my pants cause I love you so...My heart is so fulll..OHHHHHHHH I GOT A BOX FROM YOU GIRL...COME LOOKIE AND SEE!!!!! LOL LOL

Tootsie said...

this is super girl...add these to my list now...lol

salmagundi said...

Thanks for sharing about these cups. I have seen them in antique stores and knew their purpose; but didn't realize the variety. What a great collectible. Sally

bj said...

Oh, my goodness, you have a fabulous collection. Yes, I knew what these were used for but haven't seen one in years!!
I love your cabinets used to showcase your magnificent collection....
love,bj

laurie said...

Gloria, these are so beautiful! I've seen mustache cups, but I thought they were usually kind of bland or masculine looking. And to think some have those pretty butterfly and cherub handles. I guess when a lady had a fancy party, she didn't want the men drinking out of some masculine mug! How interesting. I never knew that a set of china sometimes came with one. As always with your blog, this was so interesting. I get an education and get to see pretty pictures too (best of both worlds). Thanks my friend. Laurie

Kristens Creations said...

I love that song too.(I cross my heart) My brother sang it at our wedding.

ksarra said...

HI!!! I am so fascinated by your beautiful antiques, and even more by your knowledge of the history of them. THANKS for sharing, I feel I am learning so much from you!

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Hi Gloria, I remember you from RMS! I was on RMS for about a month or two, in the early spring! I remember your beautiful kitchen with the unique antiques and gorgeous blue dishware! ...and you were always so kind and encouraging with your comments! I am so glad to see you have a blog, now! Welcome! :)

Love your collection of mustache cups! I did't know there were so many around. I found one years ago at the trash dump. It is beautiful and was in perfect condition. It was lying out by the dumpster! Yours are amazing and I really love the silver ones!

Come over for a visit if you get a chance! Oh, and I love your blog! :) ~Rhonda

laurie said...

Gloria, I have a little award for you over at my blog. Please stop by and pick it up. laurie

Carrie said...

What a fascinating collection...such an unusual design category!

Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) said...

Hi Gloria...oooohhhh, gotta come back later and check out this post...too late for me to do it now...darn it. Just came by to tell you (before I go to bed) that I have a little Award for you at my blog! :-)

Jessica said...

Gloria~ that is one amazing collection. I have never heard of a mustache cup before and that butterfly cup has me doing cartwheels! I'm so glad you came by for a visit. :)

Hugs~ J.

Lynette said...

How absolutely interesting and unique!! Thanks so much for sharing your collection with us - you always have the most interesting things!! And your collection is amazing - the patience it must have taken to get all those - I'm impressed.
Have a good one.
Lynette

Picket said...

Morning girl....I have never in my life seen or heard of such a cup! lol But I adore that little cubby seating area there! Bill came home last night and I immediately showed him my little lamp and the first words out of his mouth ..."boy, she sure knows you!" lol I just love how it lets off the softest light...thanks for coming by sis...I really am happy with the pieces I have to that set of dishes now...a 6 piece setting is perfect for me cause when my bunch is here we usually use paper plates cause where in the world would I keep a 30 piece place setting for all my gang! lol lol I only use real dishes when it is just me & Bill or just a few of the kids at a time....or of course when a friend comes by!!!! lol Have a great day girl!

ann said...

Beautiful.It would be impossible for me to tell you which is my fav.All are so gorgeous.Do you know how many you have?I'll bet it's nearly 100,huh?
You know before I met you I'd never seen or heard of one.Now-I want one.Only one though.Ha.Is that a joke?
Thank you Gloria for educating us on our past.It is indeed sooooooo interesting....Ann

lvroftiques said...

Gloria I LOVED the lesson on mustashe cups!! One of the few things I haven't collected! They are all soooo cool!! And you tell everyone they're "pewter" Lol!! You funny girlfriend!!*winks* I'll never look at a mustache cup again without thinking of you. Vanna

Victoria E. said...

I love your site and your pics. So beautiful!

Blessings,
Victoria

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Wow Gloria,what a collection you have ! I don't hardly see any of the mustache cups anymore; I think you bought them all ! hehehe ! They are gorgeous.

Raxx - A day in the life said...

NEVER heard of those!

Tomarie said...

You've taught me something new AGAIN! I honestly never knew about mustache cups and now I think they are the COOLEST things! If I ever see one, I'm going to snatch it up and think of you Queen G! :-)

ceekay said...

Interesting info on the mustache cups. I have one. I keep old jewelry in it!! I am off now to see what else you collect!!!

brettinsky said...

I have never seen these! This is so neat! I will have to keep my eye out now!