Monday, August 2, 2010
In 1883, Mrs. Guy Maupassant wrote the following: "Truly, a man without a mustache is not a man." I love how a kiss feels with a mustache! My husband has had one on and off for years. Maybe that is what started me collecting mustache cups? I wish I could say it was that romantic, that simple. No, just another reason to seek therapy, I just enjoy collecting and mustache cups are so much fun to collect.
This first cup pictured was the very first mustache cup I purchased. It is made by R. S. PRUSSIA. Since that country no longer exists, the beautiful china they produced has become highly collectible and valuable. I purchased this cup at an Estate Sale. I had never seen one before, so I thought this cup was very unique. I later learned everyone made these cups. Although hard to find, a good antique house will always have one. What I find most interesting about this cup is the beautiful floral print. I don't know about your house, but rose printed cups would not be Kelly's first choice. He is more of a large plastic, throw away cup, type guy. His first chose would be a 7-11 cup. I guess things must have been a little different back then. Because, I am told these cups were a must have for every gentlemen. This cup is a can shape with a Old English stepped handle. I am choosing this one as my favorite, because it was my first!
Cup number two is my "Father Cup". Mustache cups with mottoes were a fad in the late nineteenth century. One common example was the "Father Cup". I was lucky to find one. The cup was made in Bavaria. It too, is a can cup with a gold loop handle. It is very pretty.
Take a look at cup number three. It is a very dainty bone china, It is also very pink! I don't know why ladies, I have no answer for this pink colored cup. It is so ornate. What I did find out, was that every gentleman had the china maker, who would customized their cup to fit their mustache. That makes this cup all the more interesting. It is really quite beautiful. It is German and it is marked 666 1/2. Interesting! The cup is fluted with a small pedestal base and a ornate gilt handle. Isn't stunning?
Cup number four is Bavarian. It is also a motto cup,"Think of Me". Wouldn't you have loved to receive this as a gift? It is a rounded cup with a loop handle. This cup is Lusterware. It reminds me of something that could easily be a scrapbook design. Look at it closely, don't you think that pattern could be easily done on paper?
The cup at the top of the post is also German, c.1890. It has a rounded cup with a ring handle. It also has large applied gold flowers and leaves on the surface to the cup. Very over the top! I showed you this one before. I thought it was worth a second look.
Mustache cups are fascinating to collect. At one time practically every household had at least one mustache cup. Today, collectors treasure them for their beauty and historical significance!
Well, I hope I gave you a love for the mustache! Thank you for joining us once again this week. You know what to do with Mr. Linky. I also want to remind you to visit my dear friend Terri, http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/. She is the brains in the blog family! She has an amazing collection and if you look real close at her blog, you will notice she has great toes too! LOL!
Have a wonderful week, my Tea Cup Friends! Blessings, Martha.
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