Antique Legacies

Scuttle and Shaving Mugs

 Antique Scuttle & Shaving Mugs - Moustache Cups, too!

Moustache Cups 1830 

Moustache cups were invented around 1830 by Harvey Adams (Longton, Stoke-on-Trent England). In the Victorian Era, almost all gentlemen sported a mustache/moustache. Being in fashion causes problems in polite society. These dyed, curled, and waxed mustaches dropped into the tea or coffee cups or dripped from the beautiful colored mustaches into the beverages. Women would send for the smelling salts. 

The clever Mr. Adams created a cup that sported a ledge, called a mustache guard, across the top. The guard had a one semi-circular opening against the side of the cup. The gentlemen sipped through the opening while their moustache rested safe and dry on the moustache guard. Thereby, creating calm in the drawing room. Gentlemen (who have moustaches), they work just as well today.
 

Moustache Cup White with Gold Design

This cup, circa 1890-1910, is surrounded by gold designs typically of the Victorian era. The rim, the moustache rim and handle are all trimmed in gold. There is a small, hairline crack that does not show in photographs. It is on the side and is about ¾ inch long and it does not affect the ability of the cup to hold liquid. (Acquired in 1960) Believed to be American.

975              $35   


Moustache Cup English with Fleetwood Crest

This cup was made in England, 1890-1895. It is marked Shelley China, manufactured for M. Shardlow, 75 Talbot Rd. Blackpool, England. The crest shows a steam locomotive on the top, a sailing ship and old lighthouse. The banner underneath says “ onward” and Fleetwood below it. Fleetwood is a town in Lancashier, NW England, it is an ancient site dating to pre-Roman times.


2635          $
 60    

Shaving Mugs, and Scuttle Mugs: 1870 - 1920

There was a time when shaving was more of a chore than it is today. Hot water was not available from the tap. You had to pump it from the well, then boil it on the wood burning stove, and then carried it to the bathroom where you put into a shaving mug or scuttle mug. Hard soap was placed in the soap dish, the excess water drained through the holes into the base. Excess water was poured off through the scuttle mouth. When finished, the shaving brush was placed handle first into the soap dish. Although the scuttle mug was used in the earlier 1800’s the first patent was applied for in 1867.

Or, if your budget could afford it ( 10 cents at the time ) you could go to a barber shop, relax, talk with friends, buy a cigar, and receive a professional shave with your personal shaving mug, soap and hot towels. The scuttle mug has three to five small round holes through which the soapy water drained into the mug. Many shaving mugs had no divider at all.

  Vintage Shaving Mug - Germany

This mug is in perfect made, with swirls from top to bottom and roses, gold trim, blue larkspur, and peculiar objects that look like butterflies. The piece is mark with a crown enclosed with a herald containing a “R” and , underneath. Made in Germany, after 1890. 
In addition, in gold gilt possibly DL (acquired in 1965).

385            $45      

 
   Vintage Shaving Mug- Sweet Peas Germany

This cup is white, trimmed in gold on the rim, in the name, and on the bottom. The gold is very good considerable the age The flowers, sweet peas, are portrayed in violet, yellow, purple, blue and pink, and yellow and pink.

The name on the cup is “ Jay Lindsay”. The mark is Germany and the symbol resembles at crazy a “8” followed by a period. ( acquired in 1965 ). As it made labeled “Germany” is a
1890 or earlier. The gold and cup are in excellent condition.

389            $55    


 Vintage Shaving Mug – Navy Blue with Gold

The cup shows some wear with respect to the gold trim. The mug has a dark blue iridescent top and bottom. On the top is a repeated symbol in gold. The white space in between also has a design in gold.The gold and navy blue bottom is in very good shape. ( acquired 1965 ). It is unmarked as to its’ origin, likely in United States.

391           $35  

   Vintage Shaving Mug – Occupational- Pair of Horses

This mug is a beauty! The header is “ J.J. Rediman”.

It was made in St. Louis, USA by the Koken Barbers Supply Co.. The pictorial is stunning! A black stallion is startled by a bolt of lighting. Beside him, a white mare seeks his protection. The gold gilt is almost perfect. (Acquired 1966) c. 1910.

938            $180      

   Vintage Shaving Mug White with Gold bands

This white shaving mug is bordered by wide gold gilt bands on the top and bottom of the mug with a third narrow band around the base. The handle has a gold strip which is worn through use. The base is numbered “7001”. (Acquired 1967)

1491          $35       

   Vintage Shaving Mug - White with Violets

This white shaving mug is decorated with blue violets and leaves with a beige band around the top. This is unusual because the cup is divided similar to a moustache cup, but does not have an opening between the two compartments. (acquired 1968)

2396       $45        

   Vintage Shaving Mug: Roses with "Forget me not"

This shaving mug is shaded in lovely blue to white, The motto, “Forget me not” is portrayed in gold and is surrounded by glorious, full bloom roses that encircled about 65% of the cup face. ((Acquired 1968). The base bears a gold circle “Made in Germany” and a central ensign. C.1910-193
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2397      $35        

   Vintage Shaving Mug- Blue with Roses

This beautiful blue shaving mug with an insert a full bloom rose, leaves, and ferns edged in gold. The interior has a narrow gold band.(Acquired 1969) The bottom of the mug has two initials, “BO”. c. 1910-1930.

2459      $35         

   
Vintage Shaving Mug- Light Pink with gold crest

This shaving mug is a beautiful shade of light pink with a thin gold rim. The front is dominated by a large ornate gold symbol with four cross sections of lines in a background of deep blue and two sections of white and gold feathers. (acquired 1971). On the bottom appears “60”. c. 1910-1930.

4013      $45        

   
Vintage Scuttle Mug Green Flowers

 
The scuttle mug is covered with green lilies and brown flowers with attractive design, The mug is 3.75” tall,, scuttle to handle is 5”, soap dish 2.75” and the mouth of the scuttle is 1.75” x 2” and has 3 openings to the top soap chamber. On the bottom there appears “G50S”. c. 1900-1920.   ( Acquired 1965 ).

595      $40      

Vintage Scuttle Mug – Handpainted Flowers- Peonies

This white scuttle mug is trimmed in light beige at the top. The pink flowers are peonies with blossoms of white flowers intertwined. On the reverse side there is a design of abstract leaves. There are 3 holes connected the top soap dish portion. On the bottom underneath there is a “ 64”.

Scuttle mug is 3.75” in height, scuttle to handle 6”. Soap dish 2.78” and the mouth of the scuttle is 2” x 1.75”. c. 1910 -1930. (acquired 1968).


2398       $50       

   Vintage Scuttle Mug - Pink Roses in full bloom

This white scuttle mug is trimmed in gold gilt which is worn on the scuttle opening and the handle. The pink flowers are roses in full bloom with blossoms of yellow flowers intertwined of transferware. There are 3 holes connected the top soap dish portion. On the bottom underneath there is a “ Foreign Made” stamp.

Scuttle mug is 3.75” in height, scuttle to handle 5.5”, soap dish 3” and the mouth of the scuttle is 2.5” x 2”. c. 1910 -1920. ( acquired 1969).

2447       $50        

  Vintage Scuttle Mug- Ornate “Southport “ Imperial

This white scuttle mug is trimmed in gold gilt which is worn on the scuttle opening, soap dish and the handle. The base is ornate with eight feet and the bottom is marked “ Imperial”. I believe it was made in Sevres (France).   This is hand painted. There are 3 holes connected to the top soap dish portion and three ridges to permit the soap to drain properly.

The decoration is the coat of arms of Southport (England) surrounded by deep red and gold border. Around this are four rose blossoms and four gold designs. Southport is on the coast about 20 miles north of Liverpool and is a traditional Victorian seaside town. The motto is “salus populi” ( a protectress of the people). On a reverse side is a single rose in full blossom.

Scuttle mug is 3” in height, scuttle to handle 5.5”, soap dish 3” and the mouth of the scuttle is 2.5” x 2”. c.-1890. ( acquired 1969).

2608         $60        


 Vintage Scuttle Mug- Unusual Large Size- Hand painted

This white scuttle mug is an unusual large size. The soap dish contains 7 holes for drainage. The roses, red and yellow, appeared to be hand painted, and they are accompanied by lavender flowers. On the reverse side a single red and yellow rose appears.

Scuttle mug is 5” in height, scuttle to handle 6”, soap dish 4” and the mouth of the scuttle is 2.5” x 2”. c.-1890. (acquired 1969).

2638      $95        

   Vintage Scuttle Mug Fancy Scallop Design

This fancy scuttle mug has a flower petal motif created by scallops around the top. The curved handle and curve on the bottom of the scuttle lend to the picture. There is gold gilt on the top, handle, and scuttle. The front side is filled with bouquet of yellow daisies, and five petal lavender flowers, hand painted. On the reverse side there is single daisy surrounded by lavender flowers. There are three holes to drain the soap dish. The bottom, in gold, are numbers “5252”.


Scuttle mug is 4” in height, scuttle to handle 6”, soap dish 3” and the mouth of the scuttle is 2.5” x 1.75”. c.-1890. (acquired 1969).

2665       $85          

   Vintage Scuttle Mug Lustre finish              
 Brecon The Cathedral-Wales


This scuttle mug is very ornate with a fancy curved handle, scalloped edges on the soap dish and scuttle, and around the base. The lustre finish is perfect. The gilt is in very good shape.

The front bears a likeness of Brecon, The Cathedral. This site was a Norman Benedictine priory in 1093. In the 16th century, it became a parish church following the dissolution of the monasteries. It is thought that the Norman Priory might have built on the still older site, possible Celtic.

Scuttle mug is 4” in height, scuttle to handle 6”, soap dish 3” and the mouth of the scuttle is 2” x 1.75”. There are 3 holes in the soap dish and the bottom bears a imprint of 1503        c.-1890-1900. (acquired 1969).


2734             $100      

   Vintage Scuttle Mug- Victoria China 1918-1939      Argonaut Shell –Iridescent

This scuttle mug is shaped in an Argonaut shell shape and has a wonderful iridescent finish. Made in Czesho-Slovakia ( the trade mark on the bottom ) and the words “Victoria” above the crown, made in 1918-1939. Victoria-Schmidt Co. was sold to Franz Schmidt in 1885 (Scara Role, Czech Republic).

Scuttle mug is 3.75” in height, scuttle to handle 5.75”, soap dish 3.25” and the mouth of the scuttle is 2.5” x 1.5”. There are 5 holes in the soap dish and a series of ridges across the bottom. (Acquired 1969).

3208        $125        
   SOLD

   Vintage Scuttle Mug- White with Pink Peonies

This white scuttle mug is decorated with pink peonies, two in front and one on the reverse side.
The flowers are hand painted and at one time the petals were trimmed in gilt, only a few petals left wit gilt. The gilt is almost worn off the top of the soap dish, the scuttle, and the handle. There are nine holes separated by ridges in the base of the soap dish. The design places it about 1930’s.

Scuttle mug is 3.75” in height, scuttle to handle 6”, soap dish 3” and the mouth of the scuttle is 2.5” x 1.75”. There are 9 holes in the soap dish and a series of ridges across its bottom. On its bottom there is in gold “6974”. (Acquired 1970).

3255          $60         

   Antique Scuttle Mug:  "On the Pier. Cleethorpes" (England)

The front of the mug features on 1,200 foot pleasure pier (the distance between high and low tides) and was constructed 1873. Later, a promenade and pavilion and supported by iron piles was added. (built in 1888 and destroyed by fire-1903). The pier was largely financed by railways that served Sheffield, Manchester and the County of Lincolnshire, England. The mug has a beautiful shade of blue and a wonderful lustre finish. The gilt is worn on the rim of the soap dish, the scuttle mouth, and the handle, but it is excellent condition around the portrait of the pier.

Scuttle mug is 4” in height, scuttle to handle 5.75”, soap dish 3” and the mouth of the scuttle is 2.5” x 2”. There are 3 holes in the soap dish. On its bottom there is in gold “L” and the trademark “ G.H.O., the crest and “Bavaria” in red orange. (Acquired 1970). In 1886 Greiner and Herda opened a small company in Oberkotzau, Bavaria. The trademark was used in
the present form from about 1900-1905.


3396            $120      

  Antique Scuttle Mug – England                  
Little Girl with Manx Cat and Dog


The scuttle mug came from England, even though it is not marked. Its design and measure-ments dated to the 1890’s. This is hand painted with a little girl pulling the tail of a dog and a manx cat voicing its’ opinion with arched back and a hiss.

The design of the mug is curious. The top of the soap dish a lightly scalloped with ridges on the outside and the shading from light blue to the reverse side of beautiful green. The scuttle has finer scallops and is gilt trimmed. The bottom of the mug has more ridges painted in light and dark sienna to resemble the dirt.

Scuttle mug is 3.5” in height, scuttle to handle 6”, soap dish 3.25” and the mouth of the scuttle is 2.5” x 1.75”. There are 3 holes in the soap dish. Based on the design and origin we based it about 1890’s. (acquired 1971).

3973     $125         

   Miniature Scuttle Mug - Hexham
Willow Art China (Longton) England


In 1886 Greiner and Herda opened a small company in Oberkotzau, Bavaria. The Willow Art China , Longton trademark was used in the present form from about 1907-1926.

This miniature scuttle mug is 2.13” in height, scuttle to handle is 3”, the soap dish is 1.75”, and the scuttle mouth is 1”.

On the front is the crest of a market town known as Hexham. It is located in Northumberland, England, south of the River Tyne. It was originated as a monastery in 674. The current Hexham Abbey dates from the 11th Century onward. (acquired 1969)

2616       $20        


 Miniature Scuttle Mug -Henley on Thames

Willow Art China (Longton) England   In 1886 Greiner and Herda opened a small company in Oberkotzau, Bavaria. The Willow Art China , Longton trademark was used in the present form from about 1907-1926.

This miniature scuttle mug is 2.13” in height, scuttle to handle is 3”, the soap dish is 1.75”, and the scuttle mouth is 1”.

On the front is the crest of a market town known as Henley-on-Thames 1594, in South Oxfordshire, England. The first recording settlement was in 1159 when King Henry II brought land for the making of building. The crest portrays the royal crown and a “H” for Henry II (acquired 1969).


3348       $30       

 
 
 Miniature Scuttle Mug- Gemma Iridescent Crest

This miniature scuttle mug is 2” in height, scuttle to handle is 3.5”, the soap dish is 2”, and the scuttle mouth is 1”x 1.25”. Its lustre is excellent. The gilt is in very good condition.

It is modeled after an Argonaut shell and has on its front “nisi dominus frustra” ( Except the Lord In Vai) and ‘Edinburgh” as well as the crest of Edinburgh, is blazoned Argent, a castle triple-towered, and embattled Sable, masoned of the first and topped with three fans Gulles, windows and portcullis shut of the laser, situated on a rock proper. On the right stands a doe and on the left a maiden. Gemma is a trademark for Vitoria Schmidt & Co. (Srara Role, Czech Republic) that was used outside of the immediate area Germany, Austria and Czech ( ie. England, Scotland,Ireland). The crown and shield was used from 1918-1945. (acquired 1970).

                  
3755    $45