Mustache cup and saucer; Unknown maker; Unknown; CR1977.281


Mustache cup and saucer

About this object

Moustache cup and saucer. Crockery with curved ridging. Drawings have fine lines.
a. Cup with peaked handle and piece shape of mustache across cup. Dome shaped piece out between this and rim of cup. Mustache cups were popular from 1850 to 1900 when the large, flowing mustache was in style. A ledge of china or silver held the hair out of the liquid in the cup. This kept the mustache tidy and also kept the mustache wax from melting. Harvey Adams and Company of Longton, Staffordshire, England made the first mustache cup about 1850. Left-handed mustache cups are rare but are being reproduced. Drawing on front of flowers and leaves in Orange, yellow, brown, green; on back of flowers and leaves in blue, green and yellow. "47" in gold on base.
b. Saucer. 2 floral drawings either side same as that on back of cup. "94" in gold on back.


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Inscription and Marks

a. "47" in gold on base.
b. "94" in gold on back.


a .H 80mm x Dia 90mm (top) x Dia 64mm (base)
b. H 30mm x Dia 165mm (top) x Dia 97mm (base)

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Drinking vessels

Subject and Association Keywords

Domestic chattels

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From the Collection of the Cromwell Museum

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