Aug 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, 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.


Jo said...

I love mustache cups - have been seeing a lot of them lately

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Hi Martha :) Love these mustache cups, even the gentlemen had to drink from a sweet cup :) I especially like the second and the last cups...yes....because they have pretty pink roses, lol :) I really like your new blog header & background! Very sweet, pink and romantic :)

Happy Teacup Tuesday!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Vicki said...

Hello, Martha, my friend,
You have a fantastic collection of moustache mugs and of course, this does not surprise me a bit. You have wonderful taste, and I always look forward to seeing your tea cups. Thank you for always being our faithful hostess each week~ Love and hugs~ Vicki p.s. I always love your blog headers.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Love this cup and wasn't that the BEST invention EVER!!! don't you think they should BRING it back... I know my family alone would need a half dozen of them... I guess the travel mug took it's place(YUK!)... I'm SO new to posting and "GREEN" so be patient with my posts, I don't know if what I posted is what I wanted to... It just seemed to ZAP it on me(hope that made sense)... Next week I promise to work the bugs out and POST my Teacups!!! I didn't put a close up here, Hope you don't mind, HUGS, Donna.... AND ladies!!! I need followers BAD... It's lonely getting started

Anonymous said...

Martha these are W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L....
I'm in love with the first one and the pink one (including the necklace)
I really enjoy your tea cup posts...and the music ain't bad, either :D


Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Oh Martha... The third cup is a dream... and the guys of yesterday "didn't" mind the dainty cups... My Dad and Father in Law ALWAYS reach past the mugs and take the daintiest cup and saucer they can find... I can see them using this cup and saucer...

Diann said...

Hi Martha!

These are absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful collection!

The Charm of Home said...

How interesting and pretty you mustache cups are! Thank you for hosting. My cup is really more of a glass, but it is old.

Jill said...

How very interesting, I have never seen one of these before and I was intriqued by the history. My husband has a mustache but I couldn't see him drinking out of one! LOL He is a big coffee drinker with big cups. LOL Have a great evening!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What gorgeous mustache cups, Martha! I love a mustache too. My hubby has always had one and I won't let him shave it off. Have a wonderful week, m'lady.


Debbiedoos said...

WOW, now I have some tea cups however NOTHING like neat to share with us Martha...they are beautiful!

parTea lady said...

Those mustache cups are gorgeous and so is your jewelry. I love the pink crystal necklace and that first white and gold cup is stunning.

My hubby has a mustache and a couple of times on vacation he shaved it off for snorkeling - I couldn't wait for it to grow back. :-)

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Hi Martha!
I love this collection! The Victorians thought of everything didnt they! These days anyone including the ladies could use them for a hot foamy latte - no milk mustache :-))
I must have not had my speakers up before because I'm now hearing your wonderful music! So many of my favorites!! Especially America the Beautiful by Ray Charles - always gives me patiotic goosebumps!!
As usual your teacup tuesday post is over the moon fabulous Martha!
Hugs and Smiles,

Wanda Lee said...

Hello there Martha!

Thanks so much for stoppping by to partake of Tuesday And Wednesday Teatime In Blogland once more!..,

I love these darling and whimsical Victorian moustache cups; (I have only one).~ What a fab collection you have; so pretty!

Thanks for co-hosting, 'Teacup Tuesday' and sharing once more dearest 'teacup-lady', Martha!

Hugs, Wanda Lee

Laura Beth Love said...

Love the cups!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Nice collection of cups! Men used to be so much more refined, no? Love your new look. Thanks for the teacup party! Jacqueline

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

LOVE your cups today (and all the pretty bling!). Only thing I don't agree with is the mustache kissing ~ didn't like it much when my hubby had one! LOL

Always love my visits to your sweet blog!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Susan said...

Oh, stunning is the word, Martha, for your incredible tea cups today. That pink one is a heartstopper. Oh, what I wouldn't do to see all your cups in person, as well as how you store all of them.

You are a TRUE collector. Great job! Susan

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Patti said...

Those are all beautiful!! I especially love the pink one...but I'm sure that would not be my husband's favorites. He's not quite the 7-ll Big Gulp guy...just give him one of those large travel-size coffee cups.

Anyhow, would you believe that I didn't even know mustache cups existed until about six weeks ago. I have only recently gotten into antiquing, and on my first visit to an antique mall, I discovered these beautiful cups.

Well, I wish you a wonderful day...and, as always, thank you for hostessing this lovely tea party.


Olga Poltava said...

Hello Martha, I'm joining Teacup Tuesday for the fist time today.
The mustache teacups from your collection are very interesting and pretty. I've never seen such cups before. They made me think of Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective from Agatha Christie's novels. He was a true gentleman with the most elegant mustache ever.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Martha,

I love all your beautiful Moustache cups and yes, they are all so pretty and dainty for a Man.
Isn't it strange, how they do not have them nowdays and yet such a great idea.
The Victorians may have been ahead of their time.

Happy week

Moments of Grace said...

I love each cup and had no idea that moustache cups could also be so beautiful. thank you for sharing.

I pray this finds you enjoying the peace and rest of our great God.

Blessings to you today.

In Grace, Marie

Princesa Nadie said...

You have a lovely collection of moustache cups!All them are beautiful but the first one is my prefer
I have never heared that name "Moustache",I Call them coffe cups ,they are smaller than tea cups,isn´t it?
Every day I learn new things...
Visiting and having a tea with you is every week a pleasure for me

KathyB. said...

I had to laugh when you described your husband's preference in cups. I just could not imagine him, or my husband for that matter, lifting a dainty pink cup to their lips unless in jest! Maybe it was made for a lady with lots of facial hair :)

Mustache cups are interesting and although I have heard of them, never paid much attention. Thank-you again for hosting Teacup Tuesday.

Gee said...

Hi Martha

I have never seen that mustache cup before. My, your collection is making me drools. Love to see your unique teacups. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Martha, elegant! They're beautiful! I'm going to go have another look at the mustache cups!
Mine's a lonely little offering today.
Hugs, Diane

Appleshoe said...

Hello Martha- Wonderful mustache cups. I have been looking at a few of them in the antique store lately. I think I might have to pick one up now. Thank you for all of the information. I had no idea they had them fitted to their mustaches. Take care.

Laura Beth Love said...

The Think Of Me cup is to die for...I once saw one similar to the "Father" cup on ebay years ago - it had very similar lettering, but it said "Mother" - obviously the Mother one was not a mustache cup LOL - it was one of those things that sticks in my head that I regret not buying when I had the chance!

Claudia said...

Those are the prettiest mustache cups! My husband has a mustache at the moment so I am partial to them, too. You have a lovely collection, Martha!


Snap said...

This post was so much fun! mustache cups!!! YeeHaw!!!

Queen of Tides said...

Love these mustache cups, they are so lovely! I just love my teacup collection, it makes me so happy and I love to see everyone else's collections.

The Vintage Rose said...

What a darling collection, Martha. I am hoping to participate in Teacup Tuesday each week and showcase some of my favourites over the next few months as well as some I have up for sale on Etsy as my collecting got rather out of hand and needs to pare down some.

Laura's Rose Garden said...

Hello Martha,
Your mustache cups are beautiful! I have a couple which I will show at a later date. Please drop in for tea and zucchini bread! Hugs, Laura

Anonymous said...

These are quite beautiful. When I see mustache cups it always puts an image in my head of big burly men with mustaches drinking from such beautiful, flowery, danty tea cups. I love the contrast of that.

Doni said...

Hello dear Martha!!! I'm joining y'all today for your lovely party! Now I never knew that mustache cups were sometimes made for the man's mustache!! My hubby has a mustache too and I have to agree with you on the romantic part of them...
I have one or two of these types around here...I think as a gag I'll serve him his coffee in one in the next few days and see what he says!!!
Blessings to you !

GwendolynKay said...

I have never heard of , or seen a mustache cup before. How fun is that? You have a lovely collection.
Blessings and hugs~

Ro said...

Those tea cups are stunning! My husband has a moustache so perhaps he would prefer to have a cup with one of those moustache guards, but I don't think he actually likes to drink tea out of a fancy tea cup at all! His fingers just don't fit into those little handles. :)

jane maday said...

Hi Martha,
I love the moustache cups! My hubby has a moustache and I agree about the kissing! Isn't it lovely how genteel gentlemen were back then.

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Hi Martha!! Sorry I wasn't able to be in this weeks party. Have been so busy getting my craft room together. But I had to stop by and see what everyone is sharing. I have never seen a Moustache cup! Geez! I learn something everyday! That little pink one is so pretty! A man would dare to drink out of that dainty thing? LOL! Keep smiling and have a great week!! Hugs!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Goodness, my friend!!
I am so impressed at your knowledge of this very interesting subject!!
I can't beleive that gentlemen in this era used these very ornate cups!!
But it was a very elegant era and there must have been a different mind set back then when it came to gentlemen.
Joe does not drink tea. He likes his 3-4 mugs of coffee in the morning and then he is a Diet Soda drinker for the rest of the day usually from a bottle almost as big as a liter!! I can dress him up but I really can't take him out!! LOL!!


Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hi Martha,

I had to laugh at myself because it took a few minutes to figure out why a mustache cup is called a "mustache cup" :) :) :) How cute is that...that special teacups were made so men could also enjoy tea without ruining their mustaches!!! I thought the gilt pink mustache cup was especially interesting...especially for a gentleman... :) :) :) Thanks for showing off all these interesting cups!!! I'll have to keep my eyes out for one!! Have a lovely week. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather ;)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I adore those mustache cups. I've never seen any like them. They are so rich in color and detail. And although I'm not fond of pink, I really loved the finish and design on the pink one.

Yesterday, when I was celebrating Tea Tuesday with a couple of lovely cups you might admire, I told my readers about yours and Terri's Tea Cup Tuesday. I hope a few of them came by to see what it is all about.

Unknown said...

I love the cups, I have 2 in my Tea Cup collection and you know what they say 3 or more and you started a collection, well I'm close and I'm a serial collector as well! Thanks for visiting my blog, I find there isn't enough time in a day to see all so I figure on about 12 a week for me, eventually I'll see them all. XOXO Your collection is to die for!

Unknown said...

Hi Martha, Talk about improving computer skills, I accidently deleted my first comment so I put it back on, sorry, I didn't know how to fix it so I just put it on again. Whoops!!

Rose said...

i have always loved these cups, but they can be expensive. i still can't think a man would ever want a cup that was floral. they are too pretty. thankls. Rose

Tara said...

I never knew there was such a thing! Imagine that. They used to make dishes for EVERYTHING! Hope you are doing well. I am sorry I haven't been by to visit lately. I seem to go through spells where I don't blog at all. Your cups are gorgeous and the new look to your blog is so fresh and pretty!

lesapeamusings.blogspot said...

Hello Martha, I'm intrigued as I have never seen one till now. Thank you so much for sharing and as usual you have impeccable taste.

Loves and kisses. Lisa

Terri said...

Great mustache cup collection Martha! Isn't it amazing how feminine they are? I agree, it must have been different then, men today would never drink from one of them!
I saw quite a display of them in an antique store on my trip. Some of them truly ornate and beautiful, like yours.
Thank you so much for showing us these cups.
They are fascinating.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Martha Sweetie...
What a beautiful share. I am so in love with that pink moustache cup. Now that one is so elegant. I somehow cannot imagine a man drinking from it, as it is so darn pretty, but each to their own.

I love the way you have them draped with beads and decorative pieces. You have them displayed so beautifully sweetie.

Thank you so much for sharing with me today. I have enjoyed this stroll immensely.

Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Awishdream said...

Hi Martha, You have such beautiful teacups! I truly enjoyed looking through your Gorgeous Blog
I have added your blog to my favorites.

Melanie :)

Myra Campbell Phillips said...

Hi Martha,
I came across your blog while I was searching for an image of a mustache cup. I have a blog about my family's historic home and wanted to share a post about the collection of mustache cups that were there at one time. I am grateful for the information you have and would like to link your post on my blog. I would like to request permission to use one photo of one of your mustache cups on my blog as well. Please hop over and see my blog at
Thanks! Myra

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