Gilded Vintage/Antique Mustache Cup and Saucer Set
Updated: Apr 7
If you are one of the lucky men to have a handlebar or walrus mustache, you already know the challenges of maintaining a mustache: drinks dribbling into your stache, not to mention hair in one’s mouth while eating. These are just a few of the “advantages” of extra facial hair.
Did you know that back in the late 1800s, a British potter by the name of Harvey Adams invented the first known mustache cup?
The mustache cup (or moustache cup) is a drinking cup with a semicircular ledge inside. The ledge, called a mustache guard, has a half-moon-shaped opening to allow the passage of liquids and serves as a guard to keep mustaches dry. It is generally acknowledged to have been invented in the 1870s by British potter Harvey Adams (1835–?). Wikipedia
In this post, I’m sharing with you one of my vintage mustache cup and saucer sets.
This particular set is made of crisp, clean white porcelain china and decorated with lots of gold gilding around the entire cup. The central, highly textured gold flower is highlighted with a fuchsia-colored background. The rest of the cup exterior is highlighted with gold gilding and gold accents on the interior portion of the cup. The saucer is made of the same bright white china and is decorated with splashes of gold gilding around the outer edge of the saucer. Both pieces are marked with the same unintelligible gold mark on the bottom.
It’s hard to tell how old this set is. It could be the turn of the century Victorian, or possibly early to mid-century German made for export. [according to the USA Etsy seller]
The condition of this lovely vintage pair is excellent. There are no nicks, chips, cracks, hairlines, stains, or discoloration. The gold gilding is intact around the outer edges of the cup. The saucer is also in excellent condition.
- 3-3/8” tall - 3-1/2" diameter (at the rim) - 4-1/2" across the rim when including the handle - 2" diameter (at the base) - 10 oz. capacity
- 6-1/4" diameter - 3-1/2" diameter (at the base) - 1" tall
So concludes this little ditty about one of my vintage mustache cup and saucer sets. I must add, the built-in mustache guard helps to keep liquids from dribbling and soaking my stache.
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